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Liberia addresses Climate Change, launches NAP Project

Joseph Sayon/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
Launch of the NAP
Launch of the NAP

As part of effort to educate Liberians on the issue of Climate change, Liberia, with funding from the Green Climate Fund, has officially launched the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) project to enhance the fight against nature disaster.

The NAP project was launched Friday, January 11, 2019, in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, and is intended to address the impact of climate change in the Country.

The project is being implemented by the Society for the Conservation of Nature (SCNL) and is funded by the Green Climate Fund through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia.

EPA Deputy Executive Director, Randall Dobayu, described the launched of the project as a milestone to ensure the implementation of the National Adaptation Plan for Liberia.

Mr. Dobayu said the EPA will work along with the SCNL and the UNDP for the realization of the project.

“We have to adapt to the issue of climate change because you see the coastline is experiencing serious marine transgression and to avoid us losing our land to the Atlantic Ocean we must create more awareness” he said.

“You see the NAP project goes beyond just the issue of community engagements by working with the University of Liberia to introduce post graduate program where the University will now offer Master Degree in three environment program”.

“We are going to offer Master of Science in Biodiversity and Climate Change, Environmental Science and Environmental Management. We have gone 90 percent with the program” he said.

“Under the NAP we were able to establish environmental clubs in various high schools and we were also able to send Twelve Liberians to Israel to learn various trainings in biodiversity, climate change and environmental management. We also train farmers in using climate smart material” Mr. Dobayu explained.

Also speaking, SCNL Executive Director, Michael Garbo, said the project will be carried out in Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties.

Mr. Garbo said about forty peer educators are to be trained in each of the targeted Counties with incentives to provide education on the importance of the project.

“People are getting the information well and they are coping with the way we want to work to gathering by planting trees and cleaning their environment, he said.

“Each participants will be made to plant five trees and manage those trees for five years and the UNDP will come back to see how those trees are being managed.”

Mr. Garbo said: “the project will be gender sensitive and that each tree that will be planted will be named after those that plant them’.

The Coordinator of the NAP project at the UNDP, Abraham Tumbey said the NAP project evolves from the National Adaptation Program of Action which ended few years ago.

Mr. Tumbey said the National Adaptation Program of Action was used to identify the immediate and urgent priority of Liberia and now that it has elapsed, there is a need to develop an immediate and longtime plan for Liberia climate sector.

“ We were also able to conduct Vulnerability and risk assessment of the coastline especially the southeast to understand the issue of climate change affecting the various sectors including agriculture, fisheries, and take action that would addressing impact of climate change on those sector” Mr. Tumbey.

As part of the project, several Coconut trees were planted in honor of key individuals and institutions in the Country, including President George Manneh Weah, for their support to the implementation of the NAP project in the Country.

Other named after the planted trees are EPA Executive Director, Nathaniel Blamah, National Disaster Commission Executive, Henry o. Williams, UNDP Residence Representative, Pa Lamin Beyah, and his Deputy, FDA Managing Director, C. Mike Doryen, and Police Inspector General, Patrick Sudue, among others.


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