H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah

President, Liberia

Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor

Vice President, Liberia

Vacancy for a Local Consultant to Prepare lessons learned study on the use of the EKMS to mainstream Rio Convention Obligations into Sectoral Plans and Policies

struggling to fulfill many of the objectives set forth in the Rio Conventions.  Many of the developed frameworks and plans for action face limited implementation due to limited government resources, limited human capacity, and a lack of appropriate technologies. Liberia struggles with an inadequate system for information and knowledge management and the poor information sharing between or within sectors. Additionally, the country’s degraded and limited infrastructure combined with a low technical and institutional capacity severely limit Liberia’s environmental governance framework and thus its potential to conserve the natural environment, let alone secure long-term benefits from it.

Leading to the formulation of the Rio Convention mainstreaming project, a National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) was undertaken through a consultative process and participatory approach that involved numerous stakeholders from various sectors in 2006 to establish empirical cause(s) leading to Liberia struggle to fulfill many of the objectives set forth in the Rio Conventions especially information sharing and coordination. The NCSA identified the following barriers that cut across the three Rio Conventions as reasons for the struggle: Inadequate public awareness and education/training, inadequate access to information, Lack of institutional capacities, and Lack of effective mechanism for information processing and sharing.

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