The United Nations Development Programme in Liberia says it remains a reliable partner to the Government in its drive for development of which, adaptation to climate change impact is an integral element.
According to the Team Leader of the Governance and Public Institution Pillar of UNDP Programmes, it was worth noting that the eradication or reduction in poverty and the achievement of sustainable development will remain an illusion in the absence of mainstreaming environment and climate change in Liberia’s development plans.
Ms. Nessie Golakai Gould was speaking when UNDP turned over two Toyota Vehicles to the Ministry of Transport to be used for the implementation of the third and last priority project identified by the Government of Liberia under the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA).
Ms. Gould who proxy for UNDP Deputy Country Director for ProgrammesCleophasTorori, emphasized that the project titled “Strengthening Liberia’s capability to provide climate information and services to enhance climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change” is especially important because it is expected to reduce vulnerability and build resilience of local communities and socio-economic sectors to the threats of climate change across all sectors of the Country.
“Let me be quick to state that increase in the frequency and magnitude of hazards such as coastal erosion and flooding in Liberia have given the impulsion for early warning systems and increased awareness and advocacy on the need to mainstream climate change into national development plans and policies” said the UNDP Official.
Receiving the keys to the vehicles, Deputy Transport Minister for Administration/Insurance Levi Demmah described the Early Warning System project as crucial. Mr. Demmanh lauded UNDP for its pivotal role in strengthening implementation capacity to ensure an effective early warning system which, according to him, will “enhance socio-economic development at all levels”.
The vehicles were procured by UNDP with funding from the Global Environment Facility.