Consulting and Technical Advisory 12/04/2021
Independent audit for Liberia's forestry sector
OCA Global, in partnership with SOFRECO, assisted in strengthening forest sector governance and law enforcement in Liberia by supporting the implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) implemented in the context of the Project EuropeAid/137659/IH/SER/LR. This project is part of the implementation of the FLEGT VPA in force between the EU and the Government of Liberia.
Our team has recently completed the first Independent Auditor mandate (2017-2021) of Liberia’s Legality Assurance System (LAS), which is currently being implemented as part of the EU-Liberia FLEGT VPA. This Voluntary Partnership Agreement is supporting Liberia to offer FLEGT licensed timber for the EU market.
In this way, the country is on track to reliably verify and demonstrate Liberia's compliance with the VPA requirements for legally harvested and traceable timber, also benefiting other markets and thus increasing the volume and value of its exports from wood. The Independent Audit carried out has made a useful contribution by identifying and analyzing many of the current gaps and issuing recommendations for the country's forestry sector.
The forestry sector is of great importance in this country, since it contributes to sustainable socio-economic development, poverty reduction and economic growth.