Several international partners and national implementing Civil Society Organizations, including the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), CAFOD, Weit hunger hilife conclude a week-long retreat to adopt special messages in the implementation of the Land Rights Law.
Landesa’s Country Director, Dr. Emmanuel Urey, assures his organization’s commitment to supporting implementation of the new Land Rights law.
Dr. Urey calls on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to rally around their Legislators for support in executing the law.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Representative, Kolly Allison, promises that his organization is willing to help identify bottlenecks that are hindering the Law’s implementation and to devise strategies to resolving them.
For its part, USAID-Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) Media Specialist, Richlue Burphy, reaffirms the entity’s continued support for full implementation of the Land Right Law and the Land Rights Policy.
Opening the week-long retreat, the Executive Director of Liberia Reform Movement (LRM), Alphonso Henneries, says, “The workshop is intended to prepare county representatives and 30 working Civil Society Groups on Land Rights to begin public awareness on the initiative.”
Henneries also notes the objective of the CSOs retreat is to create a space for learning and dialogue that provides opportunity for the various stakeholders in tenure governance at various levels to discuss and identify relevant messages to pass onto communities in carrying out awareness on the Land Right Law.
“The retreat will also take stock of the progress made, discuss potential solution to identify challenges, as well as highlight priority areas for training for protecting and defending communities’ land rights and improving governance in relation to the land and forest of communities”, said the LRM boss.
He made call recently in Gbarnga, Bong County at the retreat of CSOs.
Other participants include the National Civic Society Council of Liberia, the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and Rights and Rice Foundation (RRF) among others.
The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) Acting Chairman, Attorney Adams Manuba, for his part, says the entity has challenges in implementing the new law but calls on government for financial support for the full implementation of the Land Rights Law.
Attorney Manuba lauds donor organizations for supporting government’s efforts to sponsor more than 30 Civil Society Land Rights Working Groups to adopt the messages on the theme, “One Message, One Law” to ensure the Law’s full implementation.
Participants with Landesa Country Director, Dr. Emmanuel Urey
–Editing by Jonathan Browne