Liberia’s Transport Minister, Angela Cassell Bush, has warned here that millions of the world’s population are likely to face huge vulnerability from climate change effects, stressing that global climate change if left unchecked could leave millions vulnerable to flooding as a result of rise in sea level.
The Transport boss indicated that due climate change vulnerability, farmers face difficulties in predating weather condition to sow crops.
She stressed a need to put in place adequate measures to address climate change issues in Liberia, which she noted, poses serious threat to human lives such as flooding with community residents losing personal belongings.
Minister Bush spoke Wednesday, July 15, at the start of a two-day integrated workshop on climate change at the Monrovia City Hall on 1st Street in Sinkor.
Delivering the keynote address, she noted, “Humankind has looked at climate change as if it were a fiction that would suddenly disappear, but today the evidence is glaring that climate change now becomes a subject not just for the experts, and scientist, but for everyone, including fishermen, farmers, petty traders, students, lawyers, medical doctors, and politician.”
She further warned that climate change could also result to loss of vulnerable ecosystems with risks of extinction of certain species, while sea erosion could impact heavily on livelihoods and physical infrastructure as well as change in marine life.
Madam Bush added that impact on human health due to extreme temperature and climate-related diseases could have serious socio-economic implications in Liberia.
She said socio-economic and livelihood conditions of Liberians and its fragile ecosystems, make the country particularly vulnerable to impacts and effects of climate change and its resulting negative implication on the livelihood of the population, saying, “The vulnerability of the country stems from its low economic base, dependence on rain-fed agriculture and huge reliance on biomass energy.”
She pointed out that having experienced climate change in Liberia, weather disaster and flood have become unpredictable and more common., destroying most infrastructure, impeding agriculture and threatening food security, adding, “Our country recognizing the current and future threats, has been taking initiatives toward addressing climate change.”
She told the participants that Liberia ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol in 2002 to address climate change issues here.
The workshop, brought together officials of government, members of the Diplomatic Corp, stakeholders, and foreign participants.
The exercise is intended to adapt policies and plans to addressing climate change issues. By Lewis S. Teh – Editing by Jonathan Browne