The environmental protection agency or EPA has alarmed here that Liberia is vulnerable to climate change due to the high rate of poverty, poor infrastructure, as well as inadequate and lack of trained human resources, among others.
The EPA described the vulnerability of the country as a serious threat to country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, also threatening national sustainable development, peace, security and stability.
According to the EPA, Adaptation and mitigation options were two main strategies that must be considered in addressing the issue of climate change at the national, as well as global levels, as advanced by Article 2 of the Convention.
Addressing a group of journalist recently at the EPA annex on 4th street Sinkor, the focal person for climate change and multilateral activities, Benjamin Karmorh said mainstreaming climate change in the country’s national policy programs, plans and activities must be given serious attention to build up the capacity of the environment.
According to Mr. Karmorh, the change in climate could bring more problems to the country, including Increased level of water borne diseases (cholera, malaria, dysentery, giardiasis, amebiasis, typhoid fever, etc.)
He said climate change could also lead to Increase in rainfall that could result to slowing tree growth, and suppressing the growth of certain tree species, particularly in the south East and Northwest forest blocks.
The EPA Executive, however, noted that Forest and (caterpillar), Dendrolmus punctatus will increase due to the heavy rains and increase in extremely high tides (sea level rise), resulting to Coastal erosion of the coastline.
The climate change focal person said continuous rainfall will be difficult to identify the optimal time to plant crops, resulting into low yield, revenue losses,
Increase in pests, weeds and animal diseases.
According to him, the intergovernmental panel on climate change which begin in (1988) raised the alarmed globally by representing scientific finding on evidence of global warming, emission increase and climate change impacts in 1991.
He said Liberia began part of the united Nations framework convention on climate change in 1992 and 2002, saying the objective of the convention is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate change.
By Lewis S. Teh