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SCNL, partners, increase fight against climate change--train over 200 Community Volunteers

Joseph Sayon/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

Liberia has taken a more proactive and sustainable steps to reduce the risk and threat that climate change poses to the Country, by embarking on the implementation of the National Adaptation Plan project which seeks to design programs that tackle its impact on Liberia.

The National Adaptation Plan is a universal document development by environmentalists in an attempt to take global action in fighting the impact of climate change.

As part of efforts to make the plan workable in Liberia with the aim of reducing the risk and threats pose by climate change through training and education, Green Climate Fund, through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), are continuing training for community based organizations to be resilient in the effect of climate change.

The NAP project which was launched in early February 2019 in four of the fifteen counties of Liberia is focusing on local communities in these areas to take the lead in combating climate change issues.

The four counties widely hit by sea erosion, include Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Grand Cape Mount counties.

In Montserrado County, about 70 young people were trained as volunteers, while 50 were trained in Grand Bassa County and 45 each from Grand Cape Mount and Margibi Counties received training climate change sensitive approaches by planting tree, clean drainages and prevent people from building in the waterway which are major contributors of flooding.

The training program is implemented by the Society for the Conservation of Nature (SCNL). Speaking at training for community volunteers in Montserrado County recently, SCNL Executive Director, Michael Garbo, reminded the beneficiaries that climate change is everybody business and there was need to take concrete action that will help reduce the impact.

Mr. Garbo urged the volunteers to serve as climate change ambassadors by educating people in their respective communities to protect wetland, stop building in waterways and clean their drainages and communities to avoid flooding.

He noted that planting trees along the Atlantic and reducing sand mining will drastically stop the widespread sea erosion that had washed away communities along the Atlantic Ocean.

In his presentation to the participants at the Monrovia City Hall recently, UNDP consultant on the NAP project, Abraham Tumby, said climate change is real evident by flooding increase Liberia is facing in recent time. Mr. Tumby told the community volunteers that the only way climate change can be tackled is when people living in   these areas take practical actions.

In recent years dozens of people’s homes in and around Monrovia had been swallowed by flood water, thereby rendering them displaced.  The project is being sponsored by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) through UNDP.

 


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