At a glance

Duration
to
Status
Active programmes
Region
Africa
Country
Liberia
Partners
Ministry of Environment and Forests, World Bank, NGOs
Countries involved
1
Total budget
-
Sector(s)
GCCA priority area(s)
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.
GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Specific objectives

The specific objective is to support climate mitigation solutions as outlined in the INDC, through reduced greenhouse gas emissions from solid waste management services, building capacity of key actors of Climate Change (CC) sector as well as creating awareness of CC challenges among the population. 

Main activities per result
Component 1 "Mitigation – Waste management"

Expected result: Reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved access to sanitation through more sustainable urban solid waste collection and disposal in greater Monrovia

Main activities:

  • Improve coverage and effectiveness of urban solid waste collection, also through the involvement of Community Based Enterprises;

  • Scale up recycling and composting pilot programs in communities and Transfer Stations to reduce the amount of waste disposed of in landfills;

  • Support the design and preparation of a new landfill site in Cheesmanburg so to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. This will include environmental impact assessments and feasibility studies for the use of methane for power generation;

  • Technical studies to assess the feasibility of recovering methane gas generated in current landfills for power generation.

This is in line with the corresponding INDC mitigation actions: 1. Strengthen institutional and individual capacity for waste management. 2. Develop waste management infrastructure. 3. Implement and strengthen policy that promotes private investment in waste management. 4.  Capture methane gas emitted from landfills and used for fuelling vehicles, cooking at home or generation of power. 

Component 2 " Support to Liberia’s CC mainstreaming efforts" (capacity building)

Expected result: Increased capacity of the Government of Liberia to promote and implement policies for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation in line with the INDC and other international commitments

The technical assistance activities will support the following: 

  • development and implementation of policies including the National Adaptation Plan (NAP), National Climate Change Policy, sectoral strategies and action plans;

  • support the integration of climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning

  • establishment of coordination mechanism for implementing Liberia’s INDC;

  • improve participation of Liberia in international climate change fora;

  • data collection and analysis, including greenhouse gas inventories;  

  • develop a climate change financial framework to align and track climate finance into the national budgetary system;

  • Improving monitoring and enforcement capabilities through direct support to the EPA compliance and enforcement department.

Component 3 "Liberia Climate Change Alliance + Communication and outreach"

Expected result: Improved understanding of climate change issues by the general population contributes to the attainment of adaptation and mitigation targets

Main activities: 

  • Education campaign on climate change targeting schools;

  • Education campaign on the 3 R - reuse, recycle, reduce - principle in schools;

  • Outreach activities to educate the general population about the threat of climate changes and promote climate-smart behaviours.