Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Proposal Project Title: Climate change Radio Advocacy “Rethinking about the Future” in Liberia

Associated Organization: Friends of the Earth-Liberia Inc

Liberia is one of the many countries where climate change and environmental education is a new concept. Despite the fact that climate change is posing a major threat to the livelihood security of most local communities, the majority of Liberian have little or no understanding about how to adapt or mitigate this problem. This is a country where majority of its population live in the rural areas and agriculture represents the major employer. Between 75% - 85% of the population are engaged in subsistence and cash crops farming. Liberia will be highly vulnerable to climate change due to limited adaptive capacities and widespread poverty. Over the past 40 years Liberia has experienced a number of climate-induced disasters, including floods in West Point Township (1965), Kakata (1983), Suakoko District, Bong County (1984), Jagaka town, Grand Cape Mount county (1997), Zoe-geh and Gbelly-geh districts, Nimba County (2001), and Gbarnga (August 2005). However, the intent of this project is to highlight the barriers to adaptation and propose strategies for sustain solution, help to reduce the information gap between policy makers and the general public as well as enhancing more public participation and engagement in climate change adoption and mitigation discussion in the country. We also envisage to sensitizer the public on environmental protection issues. The duration of this propose project will be for one year (12 months). This project will be implemented in our present project areas of Sinoe, Grand Bassa, Nimba and Montserrado Counties with replications in adjacent communities of areas just specified and possibly extended to other counties. In the process we intend to share impacts of this project with national and international partners for possible joint projects or programs as the case may be.

Themes: Climate Science, Poverty and vulnerability

Regions: West Africa

Countries: Liberia

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Overview: We envisage that during the implementation of this project, our chances for success and the possibility of reaching our subsequent goal in the educational and awareness raising programs will carry out, by applying good practices that will help us carry out this project, example speaking local languages in our radio and television programs through interpreter. This will enhance more public participation since most people in Liberia don’t speak English. Periodic orientation and training sessions are maintained for our field monitors as a capacity building aspect of the project through our consultant.