Liberia Seeks US$10M Assistance
   EPA Executive Director, Nathaniel Blama
EPA Executive Director, Nathaniel Blama









The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) and national designated authority to the UN Climate Change Adaptation Fund representing Liberia, Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr. has requested the Secretariat of the UN Climate Change Adaptation Fund through United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya to assist Liberia access Ten Million United States Dollar ($10,000,000.00). This request was made on the margin of the on-going UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany.

 

The fund when accessed, will support vulnerable communities in Liberia to build their resilient to adapt to climate change.

 

  During the bilateral discussion, 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 impacts of climate change.

 

 Such impacts are characterized by the increased threat and destruction of houses in vulnerable coastal communities like West Point, New Kru Town, J. F. K Hospital, Hotel Africa, Buchanan and others by sea erosion.

 

He also noted that nearly two third of Liberia’s population lives in coastal cities. He lamented that frequent tropical storms in Nimba and Lofa counties destroying homes; caterpillar infestation affecting health, food security and human settlement are amongst some of the impacts of Climate Change in Liberia.

 

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 impacts 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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