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.
This add-on, an extension of the previous coastal project directly responds to the NAPA-identified priority. Within that priority, the project will directly intervene at D-Tweh and New Kru Town areas. The two areas are seriously under threat from climate change induced coastal erosion.
As demonstrated in Buchanan under the previous project, this project will demonstrate how low-cost, low-technology sustainable measures can be adapted to address the effects of climate change in the Liberian context. New Kru Town is densely populated. It has the second referral hospital in Montserrado County and the most important Government High School.
What have we accomplished so far?
So far a total amount of two million United States dollars has been mobilized. As a NIM project the Government of Liberia is undertaking the procurement of equipment, rocks and geo-fabric mats for the construction of a 500 meters coastal revetment while the UNDP is hiring the project staff including an international coastal engineer who will conduct baseline surveys and recommend appropriate designs for the project.