A Professor of Tropical Zoology at the University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom (UK) has urged the Liberian Government to preserve the environment to ensure productive farming in the country.
Mr. Robert A. Cheke explained that preserving the environment would enhance the ability of the agriculture sector to produce more rice, cassava and rubber, adding that the government should give serious thought on how to prevent the threat of the impact of climate change in Liberia.
Mr. Cheke made the call Saturday in an interview with the Liberia News Agency at the end of a three-day training workshop for national experts on Vulnerability and Adaptation organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Sinkor, Monrovia.
The program, Liberia’s Second National Communication workshop, was implemented by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Cheke stressed that Liberia’s report should indicate her commitment to mitigate and navigate on climate change according to the United Nations Agreement on Climate Change and the problem Liberia is facing concerning climate change and how it plans to deal with it.
Meanwhile, the Manager of the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute, Nana Ama Browne-Klutse, has underscored the need for the Liberian Government to build the capacities of Liberians on issues relating to the impact of climate change.
Browne-Klutse said building the capacity of Liberians to address the climate change situation is critical for the growth and development of the Liberian economy, noting that climate change is impacting the economic status of countries in West Africa.
She pointed out that climate change is real and that it is time for African governments to begin to put measures in place to tackle the prevailing situation relating to the impact of changes taking place in the weather pattern.