MME, UNDP to Empower 50 Youth on Coastal Defense

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Participants and posed after the opening ceremony

A Coastal Add-on Project to mitigate the effect of erosion in New Kru Town, especially around the D. Tweh High School and the Coast Guard base on Bushrod Island, yesterday commenced an inception workshop that will lead to the selection of 50 youth.

The project will be implemented by the Ministry Mines and Energy (MME) with funding from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), under the theme, “Understanding Coastal Dynamics, Management, Wave, and Impact.”

Assistant Minister for Planning Johnson S. Willabo put the cost of the Coastal Add-on Project at US$2 million. When completed, it will address the threat posed by erosion on the D. Tweh School and New Kru Town.

Willabo said the project will encourage knowledge sharing and will employ at least 75 percent of the youth from New Kru Town. He therefore challenged the participants to ensure that the project is well protected from criminals, because it will generate more jobs directly and indirectly.

“What we intended to do is to make sure that the project withstands erosion for the next ten years. Within that period, we will be thinking about strengthening the structure so that it will stand the rising and falling of the waves,” he said.

According to him, the government is of the opinion that it makes economic and political sense to rigorously pursue sea defense works.

“It is a fact that climate change has been identified as one of the leading environment crises of the 21st century,” he said.

“The situation on the coasts of Buchanan and West Point, particularly the JFK and D. Tweh High School, are clear examples and therefore it requires our collective efforts to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Dorsla Farcarthy, UNDP’s Team Leader on environmental portfolio, said they will continue to invest in essential areas of the economy, to ensure that lives and properties are well protected in Liberia.

Mr. Farcarthy promised the participants that UNDP will strengthen the collaboration and solicit their counsel in accelerating their development

“This is an add-on project and is only for the borough, we are also looking at West Point; we will be happy if we can get some funding in order to extend the project,” he disclosed.

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