As part of efforts to save Monrovia Most Populated Slum Community West Point, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to build a Coaster Defense Wall that will prevent sea erosion from that part of Monrovia.
The project, according to Jeremiah G. Sokan, National Coordinator, National Climate Change Secretariat is worth US$25M.
Speaking at a consultative meeting on May 31, 2022, in West Point, Sokan revealed that the first phase of the project will start with the Monrovia Metropolitan Climate Resilient Project which will build a sea defense .
For his part, the Governor of West Point, Momo J. Beer explained that the sea erosion is affecting residents of West Point to the extent that many some of them are now homeless as the erosion has wipe away many homes.
Also marking remarkes, Daniel Osei-Boakye, representative, African Development Bank, “the bank is happy to be here with its partners for this consultative meeting for the people of West Point”. Osei-Boakye noted that the management of the bank is happy to be a part of all efforts to ensure that the effects of climate change will be contain in the country. He established that it is his prayer that all the sensitization, consultation and feedback from residents of West Point will reach the government to ensure that the country and the liveihood of the people is improved.
Liberia and the world at large face enormous challenges from the impacts of climate change. Liberia is increasingly vulnerable to climate risks and climate-related hazards due to low adaptability, weak human and institutional capacities, technology, infrastructure, financial systems, amongst others. Climate vulnerability severely impacts Liberia’s priority sectors, including agriculture, food security, health, energy, water resources, forestry and wildlife, fishery, mining, industry, transport, and tourism.
Liberia’s coastal cities including the capital city, Monrovia, are extremely vulnerable to the climate change impacts of sea level rise (SLR) and the increasing frequency of high-intensity storms, both of which contribute to coastal erosion and shoreline retreat. SLR is a significant contributor to accelerated coastal erosion, and along with the increasing intensity of offshore storms and waves, exacerbates coastal erosion, the impacts of which result in severe damage to buildings and infrastructure in the coastal zone.