Liberia: Govt to Hold Nat'l Conference On Environment, Climate Change

Monrovia — Ahead of the forthcoming National Environmental and Climate Change Conference, the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Professor Wilson Tarpeh, says that the conference is at a result of the current status of the environment, wherein sustainable resource management is a challenge.

Speaking Tuesday at a press briefing to launch the National Environmental and Climate Change conference, the EPA Executive Director stated that the impacts of climate change which are increasing on a daily basis, ranging from coastal erosion, unplanned rain, mangroves management, sustainable forest management, sand mining among others, will be covered during the conference.

The conference, which will be held under the theme: "Ecosystem Restoration, A Pathway Towards a Greener and Sustainable Environment is a pre start to the Countries of Parties (COP26) United Kingdom Global Conference on Climate Change where Liberia will present her case that will enable the country get a funding of US$2.8 billion from the outcome of this national conference.

The money will be geared towards the mitigation of Green House Gas Emissions and other climate effects.

"Despite all of these challenges, Liberia is the only country within West Africa in the upper Guinea forest ecosystem with the potential to provide climate stability for the entire region", Tarpeh asserted.

According to hom, this makes Liberia one of the countries in the world with the deepest carbon sink or carbon sponge.

"Our country is naturally endowed with an environment of rich natural biodiversity, fisheries, lakes, waterfalls and a coastal line of 350 miles," he said.

Liberia's abundance of water, sunshine and bimorph sources hold great potential for profited reduction and sustainable development, it is against this backdrop, that the National Conference on climate change and the environment will ensure efforts in enforcing Liberia's commitment to sustainable development, including the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) aimed at addressing climate change from mitigation and adaptation standpoint as well as strengthening compliance and enforcement of the Environmental Protection Management Law of Liberia.

The NDCs are the height of the Paris Climate Agreement, where Liberia joined the Paris Accor in 2015 and in 2018, and the legislature ratified the agreement.

The upcoming conference primary objectives are basically on these pillars; "the insurance of sustained environmental policies in seeking international commitment for the implementation of the climate action plan of Liberia which is the NDC, strengthening existing cooperation, building new partnerships among stakeholders, promoting a cultural of compliance and enforcement of environmental policies and standards in the public and private sectors.

It will also seek to promote and reinforce public awareness and education that will enable stakeholders make informed decisions on the environment and natural resources and aligning the National development plan, which is the Pro poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), towards climate resilient and environmentally sensitive projects.

The conference will take place at the Ministerial Complex in Monrovia from June 2-5, 2021 with a climax on World Environment Day in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.

It is being undertaken by the EPA in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), their supporting partners - The United Nations Development Programs (UNDP), the European Union (EU) and Conservation International (CI).

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