Aeneas Chuma: Statement at the launch of the Early warning System (EWS) ProjectOct 7, 2013
His Excellency Ambassador Joseph N Boakai, Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Honorable ministers of Planning and Economic Affairs, Mr. Amara Conneh, Transport, Mr. S. Tornorlah Varpilah,, Ms. Anyaa Vohirii, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency/GEF operational Focal Point for Liberia
Honorable Members of the House of Legislature and the Liberian Senate,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Liberia,
International Humanitarian Organizations,
UN colleagues here present, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.
Today marks another milestone in the relationship that exists between UNDP and the Government of Liberia as we sign a very significant project titled:- “Strengthening Liberia’s capability to provide climate information and services to enhance climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change”
The objective of this project is to strengthen Liberia’sclimate-related monitoring capabilities, early warning systems to ensure the availability of information for responding to climate shocks and planning adaptation strategies for climate change.
The Early warning project has three key outcomes
1. Increased capacity of meteorological and hydrological services and associated networks to monitor and predict extreme weather, climate-related hazards and climate trends
2. Efficient and effective use of tailored climate, environmental and socio-economic data to produce appropriate information which can be communicated to government entities and communities to enable informed decision-making
3. Increased awareness in government, private sector and local communities of the major risks associated with climate change, and use of available information when formulating development policies and strategies
The total grant amount awarded to the project is US$6.7 million in LDCF funding with co-financing in-kind from the Government of Liberia (GoL) through the line Ministries and Agencies and US$200,000 cash from UNDP
It is worth to note that the project development went through rigorous consultations processes with inputs from all stakeholders and beneficiaries. The project formulation, inception, dissemination and validation were marked by a structured, strategic and inclusive approach with extensive consultations and discussions with stakeholders.
I wish to emphasize that the project is in line with the Liberia’s United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and UNDP country program document (CPD) for 2013-2017. The UNDP CPD 2013-2017 intends to support in a participatory manner the preparation and implementation of the MDGs based national development strategies by coordinating and strengthening national management and implementation frameworks and capacities for pro-poor policy planning, analysis and monitoring.
I would like to applaud the efforts of the Government of Liberia for prioritizing early warning system and climate change issues and want to call on all stakeholders to get involved in the projects to do all they can to ensure the successful implementation of the project. As you may know the early warning systems are critical for sustainable development.
The UN is committed to working with the Government of Liberia to achieve the long term goals and objectives of the project.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend UNDP’s heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the the Global Environment Facility for providing fund to support this project implementation, the Government of Liberia for its unflinching support and warm hospitality and the Environmental Protect Agency for paving the way to accessing the funds and accepting to serve as the Implementation Partner for the Energy & Environment Programme.
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