LIBERIA: UNDP, Govt. End Phase One of Sea Erosion Project

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Liberian Government have concluded the first phase of a 100-meter costal defense project in the Monrovia suburb of New Kru Town.
The low cost and low technology innovation was implemented by the Center for Environment and Development in Africa (CEDA), a local non-governmental organization in Liberia.
The project funding of US$50,000 came from the Global Environment Fund (GEF) Small Grants Program. It utilized gabion groins and revetment that villagers as well as community people can learn, accept and use with little or no side support.
A UNDP press release quotes the General Manager of CEDA, Samuel Wesley, as saying the project also built the capacity of over 10 local community members through training, to help mobilize materials and manpower.
At a brief program marking the end of the first phase of the project under the theme: “Combating Coastal Erosion in Local Coastal Liberia” held at the demonstration site in Popo Beach, Borough of New Kru Town, residents expressed appreciation to UNDP for the project that is helping to prevent their homes from falling prey to high and rough wave of sea erosion in the area.
“For too long the residents and citizens of the Borough of New Kru Town have been thinking about how the issue of the sea erosion that was wiping away the town would be attended to…The erosion has affected so many people….,” the release quoted the Vice Governor of New Kru Town, S. Tugbe Worjloh, as saying.
Vice Governor Worjloh praised UNDP for going to the rescue of the Borough that was being entirely wiped out by the sea.
He said while the completion of the first 100 meters is laudable, UNDP should strongly consider the extension of the project in order to save other homes and properties, including the D. Tweh High School which serves as the only government-owned high school in the Borough.
According to the release, Bishop P. Manasseh Conto, a resident of the community and pastor of the Mission for Today Holy Church, extended appreciation to UNDP and partners for undertaking the coastal erosion project, especially in New Kru Town.
Also speaking, UNDP Small Grants Programme Manager, Samuel Boakai, told the community residents to take ownership of the project by ensuring that the project is sustained and protected.
Boakai said the project is one of UNDP’s flagship Programs and its protection should be paramount to the community. 

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