“Liberia sensitive to vulnerability to climate change” … Speaker Chambers launches the country’s NAP and rallies support to reduce risks

Dr Chambers chatting with Prof Tarpeh at the ceremony

Speaker of the House of Representatives Dr Bhofal Chambers revealed that Liberia’s economy, people and environment are very sensitive to vulnerability to climate change and therefore called on every citizen to take action to promote the adaptation in order to reduce the risks associated with climate change.

Speaking at the launch of the Liberia National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Adaptation Communication (AdCom) on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at the Corina Hotel in Sinkor, Dr Chambers said harm reduction related to climate change requires stronger engagement and collaboration from all sectors at all stages.

Liberia’s National Adaptation Plan is intended to help Liberia tackle the problem of climate change through a strong adaptation program that involves a whole-of-society approach to achieving the specific goal, vision and objectives. .

It was developed through a multi-stakeholder consultative process and informed by sectoral climate vulnerability and risk assessments, as well as disaster risk assessment.

The PAN focuses on six priority sectors for the government of Liberia in its efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change: agriculture, coastal areas, forestry, energy, waste management and fisheries.

Speaking further, Dr Chambers said that like other countries in the world, Liberia is experiencing climate change and noted that “contemporary climate change includes both human-caused global warming and its impacts on the weather conditions of the earth “.

According to him, there have been previous periods of climate change, but the current changes are faster than any known events in Earth history.

President Chambers noted that the sensitivity of the biophysical attributes of Liberia to climate change and the level of vulnerability of each sector are left and observed.

According to him, projections of future trends in temperature and precipitation show that Liberia will continue to be affected by changing climatic conditions.

“Data from Global Climate Modeling (GCM) indicates that the main annual temperature is expected to increase by 1.8 degrees Celsius between 2040-2059, while monthly precipitation is expected to decrease by 1.3 mm per month during the period. 2040-2059, “said President Chambers. , “While this is alarming, it requires our collective action and decision to change and save our environment. There is no doubt that resilient and inclusive infrastructure can help change lives. And by changing our habits, as communities and individuals, we can surely fight the climate emergency and build a sustainable environment, ”he added.

President Chambers acknowledges that Liberia has taken another important step in formulating the NAP, which serves as a 10-year strategic plan until 2030.

He revealed that the NAP document aligns with and supports Liberia’s Vision 2030 program and the pro-poor agenda for prosperity and development (PAPD).

For his part, EPA Executive Director Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh said the NAP is intended to address Liberia’s medium and long-term climate change adaptation interventions to build the country’s resilience. against climate change.

He revealed that the development of Liberia’s NAP took into consideration six climate sensitive sectors, including agriculture, coastal resources, energy, fisheries, forestry and waste.

Professor Tarpeh indicated that the level of vulnerability of these sectors has been assessed and that appropriate adaptation actions have been identified as well as the required funding.

“I am pleased to report on some of the major achievable steps during the development of Liberia’s NAP. These are: Training of more than 100 people in the assessment of vulnerability to climate risks at the community level; Training abroad in Israel in the field of agricultural adaptation, disaster management and prevention; Development of a gender strategy; Development of concept notes in various sectors for possible climate finance; Curriculum development and establishment of the Graduate School of Environmental Sciences, Climate Change and Biodiversity at the University of Liberia, ”he said.

Prof Tarpeh commended the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for their support of the NAP process.

“Thanks to the developer team for the level of professional work done to give Liberia a clear direction to adapt to the challenges of climate change across the country,” concluded the EPA boss.

The launch of the NAPs and AdComs attracted several government officials, industry representatives and stakeholders involved in the NAP.

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