The project supports the Government of Liberia to advance its National Adaptation Plans process in climate sensitive sectors. The activities in this project focuses on:
(1) Strengthening institutional frameworks and coordination for implementation of the NAPs process.
(2) Expansion of the knowledge base for scaling up adaptation.
(3) Building capacity for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into planning, and budgeting processes and systems.
(4) Formulation of financing mechanisms for scaling up adaptation (including public, private, national and international).
The direct beneficiaries of the project are the Environment Planning Authority and the National Climate Change Secretariat. Key government partners are Ministries of Finance and Development Planning andAgriculture. Others include the National Disaster Management Commission, National Port Authority of Liberia, Liberia Maritime Authority, Bureau of National Fisheries, Liberia National Department of Meteorology, Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services and University of Liberia.
The expected outputs are derived from the government of Liberia’s priorities for NAP formulation and implementation as set-out in a consultative note issued in 2016, following national stakeholder consultations as well as a stock-taking exercise that was held in 2015 with the assistance of UNDP.
The GCF resources will enable Liberia to develop the knowledge base and capacity required to reduce vulnerability to climate change and to facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation into national development planning processes.
What have we accomplished so far?
A total of $2million has been mobilized for the project. So far, the project inception workshop was convened from 12-14 March 2018 in Monrovia and Buchanan. The inception meeting brought together more than 80 participants.
The Government of Liberia has joined the global community in prioritizing climate change by ratifying the Paris Agreement. Members of the Liberian Senate ratified the United Nations’ framework on climate change on Thursday, 14 June with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that jointly facilitated this process. The Senate took the decision based on a recommendation by its Foreign Relations Committee which states that the ratification of the document willl bring immense benefits to protecting Liberia's Green Forest which is the largest in West Africa and will also assist Liberia as a developing country to mitigate the effects of climate change by accessing funding from the Adaptation Fund, Green Climate Fund and other funds pledged by developed countries in mitigating the effects of climate change.
The Paris Agreement which was signed in 2016 by 193 countries globally, is championing the case for reducing emissions and greenhouse gas activities well below 2 degrees Celsius to help protect the environment and its people. All countries were expected to ratify the agreement and begin its implementation based on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by member countries.
In furtherance to that, UNDP supported the launch of the National Policy & Response Strategy on Climate Change. The policy was developed with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa which was at a national stakeholders meeting. The climate change policy will ensure that a qualitative, effective and coherent climate change adaptation process takes place. It will serve as the pillar for comprehensive sectoral strategies and action plans. This policy seeks to enable better coordination of climate change work in the country and provides opportunities for cooperation and collaboration between the government and stakeholders. It also boosts further impetus to past and ongoing efforts with which Liberia is engaged, including the National Adaptation Plans and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), submitted prior to the signing of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015.