Enhancing Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Areas

What is the project about?

 Coastal Defense Work taking place in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County (Photo: UNDP)

Coastal areas in Liberia are highly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. A large proportion of the coastal community live in temporary and poorly constructed housing with little protection from rising sea levels or storm surges. Many live on very low lying land, often in unplanned, illegal settlements and with the expected rise in sea levels as a result of climate change, combined with increasing storms and sea-surges with significant negative impacts on the lives and livelihoods of people in coastal areas. Already, major economic sectors like fishing and farming are seriously affected as a result of increasing displacement of people caused by flooding and other climate change related disasters.

The Enhancing Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Areas to Climate Change Risks in Liberia (Coastal Project for short), is aimed at helping coastal communities in three counties develop defensive mechanism against the effects of climate change. The project, launched by the United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Liberia in 2010  aims to reduce vulnerability and build resilience of local communities and socio-economic sectors to withstand the threats of climate change in Liberia’s coastal areas. The project is implemented in three counties, hard hit by the effects of climate change - Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado and Grand Bassa.

The project demonstrates how low-cost, low-technology sustainable measures can be adapted to address the effects of climate change in the Liberian context. Through the Coastal Project, the selected communities showcase sustainable methods of community protection against rising sea levels, storms  as well as how to manage coastal ecosystems.



What have we accomplished so far?

  The 600 meter Breakwater Revetment System was completed in continuation of the environmentally friendly protection of the shorelines of Buchanan

Liberia, like most African countries, has low capacity to adapt to climate change, across human and institutional know-how, technology and infrastructure. The country’s National Climate Change Policy has also identified several sectors as impacted by climate change, from agriculture to coastal areas and waters, energy, mining, infrastructure, urbanization and health and settlement.

-In Buchanan, along the critically eroded Atlantic Street Beach front, the construction of the 600 meter Breakwater Revetment System was completed in continuation of the environmentally friendly protection of the shorelines of Buchanan. A US$ 50 million proposal has been submitted to the Green Climate Fund focused on addressing critical coastal erosionissues in the Monrovia metropolitan areas. The UNDP CO and partners are fundraising to address critical coastal erosion issues in other coastal counties including Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount and Sinoe Counties.

UNDP Liberia, together with the Government and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are taking steps to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience by building coastal infrastructure, introducing innovative measures for adapting to the varying climate in the agriculture sector and procurement and installation of meteorological and hydrological equipment for early warning.

Already 27 people have been trained to operate the meteorological and hydrological stations across the country including a national meteorological station, the first in Liberia.



Who finances it?

Year Donor Amount contributed per year
2011 Global Environment Facility (GEF) $322,000
2012 Global Environment Facilty (GEF) $1,208.105

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Year Amount


2011 $232,000

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