At a glance
Ministry of Environment and Forests, World Bank, NGOs
Effects of climate change on the region
Since the end of the conflict in 2003, Liberia has experienced economic growth and relative peace and stability. The situation, however, is still fragile and Liberia is facing many challenges, from inequality, widespread poverty, unemployment, high levels of corruption, inadequate access to basic services (e.g. water and sanitation, waste, electricity, and all-season roads), and food insecurity.
Climate change will greatly affect the country due to its high vulnerability owing to its low economic base, dependence on rain-fed agriculture, huge reliance on biomass energy, increasing coastal erosion and exposure to epidemics in addition to the low capacity at community and national levels.
As signatory to the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), in September 2015 the country submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) including one component on mitigation and one on adaptation. Their implementation however is conditioned upon the provision of adequate means of implementation by the international community (financial resources, capacity building and the transfer of technologies). For Liberia, the INDC also presents a platform to integrate its Low Carbon Development Strategy into the country’s long-term sustainable development Vision by 2030 (Agenda for Transformation).
In Line with the EU and Liberia's own strategies, the action supports climate mitigation solutions as outlined in the INDC, through reduced greenhouse gas emissions from solid waste management services, building capacity of key actors of CC sector as well as creating awareness of CC challenges among the population.