Forest sector revenues in Ghana, Liberia and the Republic of the Congo

Think tank: Chatham House

Author(s): Alison Hoare; Dr Thiago Kanashiro Uehara

March 17, 2022

This report from UK think tank Chatham House looks at the impact of forestry reforms on collection and disbursement.

Improved transparency and accountability are crucial to strengthening the management of forest sector revenues. Consequently, this has been a particular focus of the international community – through the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). This paper looks at how reforms over the last decade have impacted the collection and distribution of forest sector revenues in three African countries: Ghana, Liberia and the Republic of the Congo. While there is clear progress in some areas, more action is needed to improve the collection and distribution of revenues to benefit country governments and their rural populations.