CODRA Launches Project On Climate Change In Bong

The Community Development and Research Agency (CODRA) has launched a project title increasing awareness on climate change through the promotion of sustainable Natural Resources Management best practices in Gbarnga, Bong County.

CODRA is a research-oriented national civil society organization that is based in central Liberia.

The organization has established itself as a credible facilitator of processes across the central region of Liberia and has worked with both national and local organizations, leading research, advocacy, facilitating dialogue and joint action in the County.

Speaking at the launched of the project in the County on September 20, 2019 CODRA’s Executive Director, Lasanah A. Dukuly said climate change has become one of the biggest environmental issues that have taken a center stage on the global stage in the World.

Mr. Dukuly said Liberia, like many countries, especially the Least Developed Countries is vulnerable to the impacts of climate variability and change, such as warmer temperatures, increases in annual rainfall, and increases in the frequency of heavy rainfall events.

The CODRA boss explained that climate change impacts present challenges to the Country’s socio-economic development.

According to Mr. Dukuly Agriculture supports 75 percent of the population in Liberia which comprised 61 percent of the Country’s gross domestic product in 2009.

The Community Development Research Agency executive Director said changes in climate can affect Agricultural lands, production, threaten agricultural livelihoods increases in total annual rainfall and the number of heavy rainfall events may cause floods that erode and inundate agricultural land surfaces, adding subsequently reducing soil quality and threatening crop veiled.

During the implementation of the project CODRA is expected to educate urban dwellers within the 19 zones of the City of Gbarnga on plastic pollution and will launch the Dollar for plastic campaign in the County as a way of encouraging community dwellers to clean and protect their various environment, increase farmers’ knowledge within 10 farming communities in five Districts in Bong County on climate change mitigation strategies so that they can adapt to alternative farming methods to transition from traditional farming method and increase the awareness on climate change among citizens of Bong County in order that they are aware of the different reformed laws that protect the environment, in order to align their actions such that they are in straight adherence and compliance of these instruments and help minimize the threats to the Country’s vast biodiversity.

Moreover, Dukuly said within the natural resources management governance triangle, there are three key actors, the government, the community/civil society and the private sector.

The researcher further revealed that research has shown that Liberia’s population on the average daily consumption of water per person is six-packs (3000ml) which is approximately 29.1 million empty sachets water bags are generated daily and these are thrown either on the streets or in drainages, adding that Bong County accounts for 14.7% the number.

He revealed that the disposal of plastic wastes in the communities within the City of Gbarnga is becoming an issue of concern for the environment, noting many residents of the County do not properly dispose of their plastic waste, some residents at times are seeing throwing plastics on the streets after drinking water sold in plastic sacks.

Furthermore, Mr. Dukuly said the project will be implemented for six months and $27,046.70 United States dollars has been budgeted for the project through Forum Syd Liberia.

For their part, some inhabitants of Bong County who spoke during the launching of the project lauded CODRA for the initiative.

Moses Mawoyah and Esther Tokpa explained that the lack of proper awareness on plastic waste and its damaging effects on the environment among residents of the city is a key factor.

They said many civil society organizations that are working on community initiatives has given little attention to environmental issues.

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