Supporting Liberia to advance their NAP Process
Country background, Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement
The Republic of Liberia sits on the Atlantic Coast, and its equatorial climate means there is little temperature variation throughout the year. However, climate change is predicted to increase the extremities of the wet and the dry seasons, negatively impacting rice cultivation and livestock. Furthermore, along the highly populated coastline, significant infrastructure is at risk from sea-level rise and coastal erosion.
Liberia is rich in water, mineral and forest resources, with the latter covering approximately 45 percent of the country. Industries such as mining (gold and diamonds), hydropower, and palm oil and rubber, play essential roles in the Liberian economy, but also put pressure on the country’s natural capital and environment, increasing their vulnerability to the effects of climate change. Agriculture is a critical industry to protect from changing climatic conditions, with approximately 80 percent of the rural population already vulnerable to food insecurity.
The National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), developed in 2008, was Liberia’s first climate change initiative and contains a set of systematic adaptation actions. Liberia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), submitted in accordance with the Paris Agreement, also details a number of adaptation actions, including the development of a NAP, the focus of which will be coastal development and management, agriculture, energy (hydropower), forest management and coastal resilience, and health and waste management. Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), the operational arm of the National Climate Change Steering Committee (NCCSC), will orchestrate the NAP process at the national level, with the aim to have a long-term systemic impact and facilitate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
How has the NAP-GSP supported to date?
Facilitated a NAP workshop
From 12–14 May 2015, the NAP-GSP organised a workshop to identify entry points for the Government of Liberia to institutionalise the NAP process. Between 40 and 50 government representatives were present at the training centre of the Bassa Women Development Association (BAWODA). A stocktaking exercise was conducted and a NAP roadmap was outlined as key starting points.
Supported the drafting of
a NAP roadmap
Learning from the workshop results, the NAP roadmap for Liberia contained several short-term (1–12 months) activities to be conducted by the Liberian government to take advantage of the momentum of the workshop.
Helped build capacity
and facilitated access to additional climate finance
Liberia submitted their Readiness and Preparatory Support Proposal to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in September 2016, which was approved in November 2016. The NAP project to ‘Advance the NAPs process for medium term investment planning in climate sensitive sectors and coastal areas in Liberia' is being implemented with UNDP support and will strengthen institutional frameworks and coordination for the implementation of the NAP process, expand the knowledge base for scaling up adaptation, build capacity for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into planning and budgeting processes and systems, and formulate financing mechanisms for scaling-up adaptation, including public, private, national, and international.
of project initiation
In March 2018 a workshop was held in Monrovia to launch the project. The workshop was attended by academia, NGOs, CSOs and international partners. It was an opportunity to raise awareness about the programme and to agree on a workplan.
Delegation from Liberian government attends the NAP-GSP Africa Regional Training Workshop for Anglophone countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Government of Liberia holds four-day workshop to launch its NAP process
Liberia submits a NAP Readiness and Preparatory Support Proposal to the Green Climate Fund (GCF)
The GCF approves Liberia’s NAP readiness proposal. Along with Nepal, Liberia’s proposal was amongst the first to be approved by the GCF
Government of Liberia receives the first tranche of money from the GCF, which was the first transfer to an LDC for an adaptation project
An inception workshop is held in Monrovia to launch Liberia’s NAP project outlined in its Readiness proposal to the GCF
Level of intervention:
29 September 2019, Monrovia, Liberia - A School of Environmental Studies and Climate Change has been inaugurated at the University of Liberia offering both undergraduate and graduate academic programs that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Climate Action.
29 September 2019, Monrovia, Liberia - With the inauguration of the School of Environmental Studies and Climate Change at the University of Liberia (UL), the Deputy Executive Director at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Randall Dobayou, has encouraged young people in the country to take advantage of the program and embrace its concept.
29 September 2019, Monrovia, Liberia - The School, which will start offering courses effective this semester, is being sponsored by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
9 November 2018, Monrovia, Liberia - Photo essay produced on Liberia's efforts to scale up protection of coastal communities from rising sea levels
8 March 2018, Monrovia, Liberia - As Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Madam Anyaa Vohiri ensures Liberia’s commitment to multilateral environmental agreements.
July 10 2017, Songdo - The Government of Liberia has recently received US$805,000 as part of a US$2.2 million Green Climate Fund grant to support its national climate adaptation planning process. The release of funds to the West African country represents GCF’s first transfer of adaptation resources to a least developed country (LDC).
> NAP training workshop held in Liberia: gender sensitivity and appropriate science key to NAP process
May 15 2014, Monrovia - The first National Adaptation Plan (NAP) training workshop for Liberia was held from 13-15 May 2015, at the Bassa Women Development Association Training Center in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, commencing the NAP process in the country.
April 2014, Addis Ababa - A slideshow presented by the Liberia delegation at the NAP-GSP Africa Regional Training Workshop (Anglophone) in Ethiopia in 2014