EPA Intensifies Climate Change Awareness

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The one-day EPA workshop attracted instructors from various high schools as well as stakeholders and representatives of environmental non-governmental organizations.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia has intensified climate change awareness in Liberia. As part of its awareness exercises, the EPA last weekend held a one-day national capacity-building training workshop on “Understanding Climate Change in Liberia.”

Organized under the auspices of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the one-day event attracted instructors from various high schools as well as stakeholders and representatives of environmental non-governmental organizations.

Benjamin S. Karmorh, National Focal Person on UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said the training was part of a series of workshops intended to educate Liberians about climate change and its impact in Liberia.

Karmorh explained that the training was necessary, because Liberia is experiencing climate induced disaster. He disclosed that one of these climate induced disasters is the torrential rainfall being experienced annually, which causes flooding across Monrovia and other parts of the country.

According to him, the training, which was organized in collaboration with UN Environment, was intended to educate Liberians on what to do to address climate change impact, including flood caused by heavy rain.

Mr. Karmorh indicated that EPA and its partners have been working over the years to develop a national adaptation plan (NAP) that to capture coastal erosion.

He noted that EPA was at the forefront in accessing the global environment facility money through the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Fund, to ensure that West Point, New Kru Town and other places are protected from erosion.

Speaking further, Karmorh noted that Liberia was accepted as a member of the Nationally Determined Contributions Partnership at the recent Climate Change Conference in Poland. “And that partnership has to do with working together to strengthen Liberia’s plan of action, as it relates to nationally determined contributions,” he added.

Prior to the conference in Poland, a Liberian preparatory committee for Liberian delegates was set-up, Karmorh said.

Rexford C. Sartuh, Assistant Minister for Mineral Exploration and Environment at the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), said that impact of climate change can be seen all across Liberia.

Sartuh said that Liberia has already lost a good portion of its coastal land to sea erosion. He disclosed that severe storm surges have also emerged, leading to flooding.

He expressed gratitude that Liberia has completed its climate change policy and report strategy. The policy, according to him, provides a framework for addressing climate change at the national level, taking into consideration a mitigation and adaption strategy, along with a time frame of short, medium and long term.

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