UNDP to help Liberia set up early warning system on climate change
7 October 2013. Monrovia, Liberia: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), today, formally launched a project titled, “Strengthening Liberia’s Capability to Provide Climate Information and Services to Enhance Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change”. The launch coincides with the 2nd International Environmental Conference taking place in Monrovia.
The project is aiming to set up an Early Warning System to help Liberia adapt to the negative impact of climate change in the face of economic development to ensure sustainability.
It is being supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the Least Developed Country’s Funds (LCDF) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with co-financing from UNDP and the Government of Liberia.
UNDP’s Resident Representative, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (CDG), and Resident Coordinator, Mr.Aeneas Chuma, signed the agreement on behalf of UNDP, while the Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs, Mr.Amara Konneh signed on behalf of the Liberian Government. The GEF National Steering Committee was also launched at the programme.
This LDCF project will be implemented as part of a broad multi-country programme that will implement similar initiatives on climate information and Early Warning Systems in at least 10 countries in Africa. These countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, São Tomé & Príncipe, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Individual country projects have been developed through a multi-country approach with a view to align regional priorities and identify opportunities to increase knowledge sharing.