National Benefit Sharing Trust Community Guidebook
ELI has published a guidebook designed to help communities in Liberia develop and implement projects using funds from the National Benefit-Sharing Trust, an entity created by Liberia’s National Forestry Reform Law (NFRL) of 2006. Under the Trust, revenues from the country’s forest sector may be used to help communities develop according to their own priorities. The Trust collects a share of funds from the land rental fees that timber companies must pay the government and sets them aside for communities who are affected by commercial forestry activities. These funds are managed by the Trust Board, which can help the communities use their funds effectively and accountably. The guidebook — co-authored by ELI Research Associate Lynsey Gaudioso and ELI Senior Attorneys Lisa Goldman and Sandra Nichols - builds upon ELI’s past nine years of work in Liberia.