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Restoring the Battered and Broken Environment of Liberia

United Nations Environment Programme Report Highlights How War and Conflict Has Harmed Forests and Water Resources

Nairobi, 13 February 2004 - Nearly 15 years of war and conflict have severely compromised the environment of Liberia, with drinking water and sewage systems in such a damaged state they represent a serious threat to public health.

Urgent action is also needed to restore electricity supplies, including Liberiaís main hydro-electric plant. Serious electricity shortages are forcing many Liberians to chop down trees and destroy precious habitats like mangrove swamps for fuel wood and charcoal. >> Full release

Further Resources

-> Full report: Desk Study on the Environment in Liberia [PDF]

-> Post Conflict Assessment Branch

-> United Nations Development Groupís (UNDG) [web site]

-> International Conference on Reconstruction in Liberia [UN Press release]