Liberia recently emerged from a lengthy civil war that led to the loss of major institutions and basic infrastructure, including most public administration and most human resources. Recent stabilisation of society, improvements in governance and the support of the international community are helping put Liberia back on a positive development path and it is now considered a country ‘on the move’. Despite this relative peace and stability, numerous barriers exist to tackling the climate change induced threats of coastal erosion and flooding. In turn, damage to coastal habitats and ecosystems could contribute to undermining the recently acquired peace and stability.
At three representative sites, LDCF funds will also demonstrate how low-cost, low-tech, sustainable measures to adapt to climate change can be successfully implemented in coastal areas in the Liberian context. As a result, three sites will be sustainably protected against sea levels storms and surges, and the concerned communities will be sustainably managing coastal ecosystems. Gabion groynes and revetments will be complemented by improved planning, participatory monitoring, improved resources management and community maintenance schemes. These three sites will have served as a school of learning for national and county level experts, agencies and decision-makers. Finally, LDCF Funds will be used to document all successes and disseminate in a targeted manner the lessons learnt.
In each case, LDFC funds are mainstreamed with co-financing activities to yield multiple benefits, including increased resilience to climate change.
Source: UNDP Liberia Project Document (April 13, 2010)
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