The head of the Liberian delegation at the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference or COP21 in Paris, France, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, has held talks with Madam Hela Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund or GCF on the side lines of the Paris Conference.
A dispatch from Paris, says during the meeting, Minister Konneh highlighted the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.
He pointed out that growing sea level has led to the intrusion of the sea in most coastal communities across Liberia, leading to the destruction of lives and infrastructures.
Minister Konneh also identified the degradation of the Mesurado River in Monrovia, including its discoloration and stressed the importance of the GCF Financial Support for concrete climate change adaptation projects in strengthening the resilience of the country to climate change.
The Liberian head of delegation further underscored the need to strengthen national institutions of higher learning to develop curricula that will train young people to ensure the protection of the climate and the environment.
He also called for sustained public awareness to capacitate Liberians -young people, especially to become Climate Ambassadors. In response, the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund expressed thanks and appreciation to Minister Konneh and assured him that The Fund was established for vulnerable countries like Liberia to address national adaptation and mitigation activities.
Madam Hela Cheikhrouhou indicated that the Fund looks forward to ensuring that Liberia benefits from its Readiness and Support Program as the first major step to having stakeholders’ consultations and at the same time to strengthen relevant institutions prior to the development, approval and execution of projects on the ground.
Minister Konneh, who is also Board Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, was accompanied to the meeting by Liberia’s Ambassador to France, H.E. C. William Allen, Anyaa Vohiri, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Harrison Karnwea, Forestry Development Authority Managing Director; Senator Morris Saytumah and other members of the Liberian delegation to the Paris Climate Change Conference.Dispatch