The National Council for Science and the Environment will be hosting the first Liberia Environmental Sustainability Forum in Washington, D.C. on September 21-22, 2001 where ELP alumna Anyaa Vohiri ’98 will be one of the renowned speakers at this forum. The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is working with Africa Environment Watch and other organizations in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia to hold this conference.
Liberia, having recently emerged from nearly a decade and a half of decade of brutal civil war, is at a critical point with respect to the sustainable management of its natural resources for the well-being of its people. The country is rebuilding its infrastructure and government, including an Environmental Protection Agency and a set of environmental laws modeled after the US. It faces tremendous capacity-building challenges as it utilizes its substantial rain forest, marine environment and other natural resources for national development.
The Forum will bring together leading scientists, environmentalists, government managers and others from the US and other countries to meet with their Liberian counterparts to discuss how to work together in assistance of Liberia, its people and its environment.
Speakers include Liberian and US government officials including Hon. Toga G. McIntosh, Liberia Foreign Minister; Hon. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to Liberia; Hon. Amara Konneh, Liberia Planning and Economic Affairs Minister; Hon. Anyaa Vohiri, Executive Director, Liberia EPA; and officials from USEPA and other agencies, along with representatives from the Global Environment Facility, the United Nations, and various nongovernmental organizations, businesses and universities in Liberia and the US.
The first day of the Forum will educate participants about the current situation in Liberia and opportunities for partnership in capacity-building. A banquet featuring Liberian cultural performances will conclude the day. These events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Arlington, VA. On the second day, participants will meet at the University of the District of Columbia in breakout groups to discuss strategies for helping Liberia’s EPA to implement its strategic plan.
Anyaa Vohiri obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston University and completed her Master of Arts in Asian studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1972. She graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 1998 and is an Environmental Law Program Certificate recipient. In 2004, she received a certificate from the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2002, Ms. Vohiri became a project manager for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and was responsible for implementing the Liberia Forest Reassessment Project. Eventually, she became the FFI’s Country Manager and was responsible for the FFI’s entire multi-million dollar project portfolio.
Ms. Vohiri was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010. Ms. Vohiri’s extensive experience in the international community and in running a major international project implementing conservation organization made her a natural candidate for Executive Director. Prior to taking her current position as Executive Director, Ms. Vohiri was directly involved in and helped to draft most of the environmental-related laws of Liberia, including the Environment Protection Agency Act and the Environment Protection and Management Law of the Republic of Liberia.
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Registration for the entire event, including the banquet is only $125.
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