Liberia Seeks US$10M for Climate Resilient Programs

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Authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are seeking to access from the United Nations funding to the tune of US$10 million for climate resilient programs.

EPA Executive Director, Nathaniel T. Blama, on behalf of Liberia, made the request to the Secretariat of the United Nations Climate Change Adaptation Fund through UN Environment Program (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya on the margins of the on-going UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

The EPA head, who is also the national designated authority to the UN Climate Change Adaptation Fund representing Liberia, said the funds, when granted, will help mitigate some of the many environmental challenges Liberia currently faces.

The fund when accessible, will support vulnerable communities in Liberia to build their resilience to adapt to climate change, a dispatch from Bonn, Germany said.

A dispatch said , Mr. Blama informed UNEP that Liberia’s developmental agenda, which is anchored in the pro poor agenda for Development and Prosperity, is being hindered by the impact of climate change.

Such impact is characterized by the increased threat and destruction of houses by sea erosion in vulnerable coastal communities like West Point, New Kru Town, J. F. K Hospital, Hotel Africa, Buchanan and others. He also noted that nearly two-thirds of Liberia’s population live in coastal cities.

Frequent tropical storms in Nimba and Lofa counties destroying homes; caterpillar infestation affecting health, food security and human settlement are among some of the impact of Climate Change.

In response, UNEP through its representative responsible to coordinate The Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund, thanked Mr. Blama for the request and assured him that UNEP stands ready at all times to assist developing countries including Liberia to build their resilience against the impact of climate change.

The Adaptation Fund is a Fund established under the UN Climate Change Kyoto Protocol to assist developing countries including Liberia to adapt to the harmful effects of climate change. It was established in 2007.

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