Enhancing Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Areas to Climate Change Risks in Liberia
Liberia is highly vulnerable to climate change in coastal areas. The coastal population is poor and all social indicators are very low. Unemployment is high and the gender situation is weak. A large proportion of the coastal community live in temporary and/or poorly constructed housing with little protection from sea or storm surges. A large proportion of these people live on very low lying land, often in unplanned settlements, illegal or extra-legal settlements. For this combination of reasons, the community's capacity to adapt to climate change is very low, and resilience is very limited. In the baseline, climate-change induced sea level rise combined with increasing storms and sea-surges could have catastrophic impacts in terms of destroying livelihoods and lives. Already, key economic sectors of fishing, farming and trade are under risk and the displacement of people is increasing.
LDCF funds will first create a national level enabling environment that is favorable to adaptation in coastal communities across Liberia. This will include the strong support and understanding of national leaders, an empowered inter-sectoral coastal protection unit, clearly established priorities and an operational plan, revised sectoral policies, a cadre of coastal engineers and planners, and adequate tertiary education. Climate related information management will be enhanced, and Liberia will have the capacity to access emerging global adaptation funds.
Source: UNDP Liberia Project Document (April 13, 2010)