Liberia to enhance climate information system with $10Mn grant from AfDB

Liberia to enhance climate information system with $10Mn grant from AfDB

With the governments across the world doing their bit to curb the climate change challenges, the Board of Directors from the African Development Bank have reportedly agreed to grant $10 million, from the Green Climate Fund, to improvise the early climate changes in Liberia.

The Liberian government will also back the climate change project with a grant of $1 million, followed by a funding of $431,969 from the Bank’s ClimDev Africa Special Fund.

Reportedly, the funding will help provide a firm grip to the country’s capability to produce tailored and sector-specific information services regarding the climate for the benefit of the vulnerable.

Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Liberia, stated that the grant will improvise and well equip Liberia to disseminate and generate accurate climate and weather data to alert officials regarding climate change and provide early warning, water security, food security and environmental protection.

Samuel added that the pre-warning information and data regarding climate change will provide an insight of how climate disasters occur and how to manage and avoid their effects by saving lives and avoiding economic losses.

Al Hamndou Dorsouma, Officer-In-Charge for Climate and Green Growth, African Development Bank, commented that the funding project emphasizes the bank’s commitment to provide assistance to African nations on how to properly access the information regarding climate change. This will potentially lead the journey of climate resilience and ensure a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per credible reports, the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia will lead the project on the government’s behalf for five years, helping almost 2.3 million farmers and coastal residents, who suffer the impact of climate change events.

Imperatively, a population of 5.4 million, working in weather-dependent zones will also be benefitted, along with people in energy production and agriculture.

For the uninitiated, the project will observe the installment of weather radar at Roberts International Airport along with setting up unmanned aerial systems for upper-air observation.  

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