The President of Green Advocates, Attorney Alfred L. Brownell, has emphasized
the need for Liberia’s environmental and natural resources laws to
be reviewed to conform to present day realities.
Attorney Brownell said there were sectoral conflicts and the usurpation
of functions amongst government institutions as to which one is clothed
with the statutory responsibility to regulate the importation, production,
distribution and the use of chemicals in Liberia.
He observed that government policies geared toward attracting investments
into the country, coupled with the impact of such polices on environmental
management, have been in existence for too long without much improvement.
According to the environmental lawyer, the development and environmental
laws of Liberia can be classified into the periods of pre April 2000 and
post April 2000 respectively.
He noted that in the pre April 2000 period, the sectoral laws were not properly
implemented by the ministries of Health and Agriculture as well as the Forestry
Development Authority (FDA), whom he said, were involved in instituting
statutory responsibility on to themselves as far as environmental laws were
Attorney Brownell further explained that the post April 2000 period marked
the evolution of Liberia’s existing environmental bills, which he
said, clearly delineate” the different policy issues on the Liberian
&For instance, the development of agriculture polices on the biodiversity
and biotechnology as well as sectoral laws on forming and all institutional
arrangements, which are related to environmental and natural resources management,
were identified,” he added.
Attorney Brownell made these statements recently in Sinkor, at a one-day
national consensus building workshop which focused on a consultant report
of a review of existing environmental related legislations and institutional
arrangement of Liberia’s environmental and natural resources management.
He called on the environmental protection agency (EPA) to set new standards
for the full participation of Liberians from one segments, stressing that
environmental issues are global in nature.