EPA Conducts a Stakeholders’ Engagement to Establish a Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone in Grand Bassa County

The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) on Saturday, 28 August 2021 concluded a stakeholders’ engagement for the establishment of a special agro-industrial processing zone in Grand Bassa County. The stakeholders’ consultation was held in Bleewein Town on behalf of the National Investment Commission (NIC). The meeting brought together leaders, elders, women and youth representatives of 12 affected communities as well as representatives of line ministries and agencies. With funding from the African Development Bank, the National Investment Commission submitted an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report to the EPA for the establishment of a special agro-industrial processing zone. The ESIA Report was done by Planet Resources Management, Inc, an independent environmental evaluator. The ESIA Report, which has been reviewed by EPA’s ESIA Technical Review Committee focuses on an area of 200ha out of the Buchanan Special Economic Zone. Saturday’s engagement was intended to get citizens’ inputs on the document as fulfilment of ESIA process.