Residents of the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, are worried that sea erosion continues to threaten them, despite the intervention made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and partners in the fencing of some parts of the area.
According to the residents, the sea erosion has caused a relocation of many people, including business people who were engaged in providing other services to the residents of the area. They believe that more intervention is needed to rescue the people and the city from the sea erosion.
During the training several facilitators made presentations on key issues of concern on environmental reporting.
The three-day training brought together media practitioners and environmental experts, including Benjamin S. Karmorh, EPA coordinator for climate change enabling activities; Abraham Tumbey, technical director, Green Consultancy; Prof. James Wolo, an environmental journalist who talked about environmental reporting techniques; and Urias Goll from NOCAL.
“The sea erosion has contributed to the lack of safe drinking water, latrines and the issue of the low economic activities, including the increase in price of commodities,” some residents of Buchanan told the Daily Observer. “The erosion has also contributed to constant defecation on the beach by men, women and children due to lack of public latrines.”
Environmentalists say this environmental pollutions need quick intervention to help save the people of the Bassa and the city, or else it could lead to total devastation of homes and lives, especially for those at Atlantic, Robert and Church Streets.
Many women said they have also been forced to use the house during the day for defecation and dumping it at night in the sea, which they described as sad for many of them and the children.
“We are calling on the government and partners to seriously help us in controlling of the sea now. People are living here in total fear due to the proximity of the water, which could sweep away their homes anytime from now.”
One of the residents of Atlantic Street further disclosed that scientists informed them in the 1980s that if nothing were done about the sea erosion early, they would be affected in time to come.
Providing journalists with an update during the field trip on the intervention made by the EPA, Benjamin S. Karmorh said the EPA had begun the process of fencing the affected area on Atlantic Street, as a pilot project, costing US$3M.
According to him, the EPA had received a green light of US$2 million from partners for the pilot project.
Mr. Karmorh is calling on journalists to take interest in reporting on climate change and environmental issues that would help in finding solutions to the sea erosion and other effects of climate change in the area and elsewhere in the country.