Liberia Receives over US$6M to Address Environmental Issues

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Dr. Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr., Executive Director of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has admitted being aware that the environment cannot be improved in condition of poverty, nor can poverty be eradicated without the use of science and technology, an EPA release has said.

According to the release, Blama spoke to a gathering of environmentalists and county superintendents on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the start of a two-day National Dialogue on environmental issues affecting the country at a resort in Margibi County.

He said there is no conflict between environmental sustainability and development. The dialogue is being held under the auspices of EPA and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a financial mechanism for several major multi-lateral environment agreements. The GEF has allotted US$6.13 million for Liberia to execute environmental projects.

The dialogue, Dr. Blama said, is to initiate and animate exchange of views on how stakeholders can tailor program portfolio that is geared toward consolidating the gains already made and advancing a substantive proposal that focus on long-term development priority in the new spending period.

He said that it is expected that the dialogue will therefore consider and build upon recent gains, re-directing focus mostly on synergistic and integrated project portfolios, which have been identified in recent past as a key priority, “if we are to turn the corner.”



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