The Global Environment Facility (GEF), a partnership for international cooperation, has allocated to the Liberian Government US$7.43 million for environmental projects throughout the country.
The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Anyaa Vohiri, disclosed this at the GEF National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE) in Kakata, Margibi County at the weekend.
Projects to be executed are Climate Change, Biodiversity, Sustainable Land Management (SLM), Persistent Organic Pollution (POPs), international waters, and chemical management, according to Vohiri.
She indicated that since its establishment in 1991, GEF has provided US$13.5 billion in grants and leveraged US$65 billion in co-financing of 3,900 projects in more than165 developing countries.
She noted that for the last 23 years, developed and developing countries alike have provided these funds to support activities related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, and chemicals and wastes in the context of development projects and programs.
Vohiri said the GEF is an exercise that is expected of all countries to conduct in preparation to identify major projects to be undertaken during the GEF-6 replenishment period (2014- 2018) which, according to her, has already commenced.
She noted that as a focal point of the GEF in Liberia, it behooves her to conduct national consultations that will lead to the identification of projects that can be funded.
She, however, said the national GEF steering committee, which was constituted two years ago, is charged with the responsibility to provide policy guidance in administering the affairs of all GEF-funded activities in the country.
She urged participants to candidly deliberate on those environmental issues that are affecting the country’s developmental agenda and advance actions for intervention.