Environmentalist Warns Against Building Homes In Wetlands

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MONROVIA. June 26 (LINA) -The Coordinator of the Multilateral Environment Agreement and Climate Change Enabling Activities at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned Liberians to stop building houses in wetlands.

Benjamin S. Karmorh, Jr. explained that building houses in wetlands is one of the factors causing flooding in some parts of the country, particularly around the low and wetland environment.

Karmorh made the statement Thursday at the beginning of a three-day seminar held under the theme: "Vulnerability and Adaptation: Liberia’s Second National communication for national experts on climate change" organized by the EPA in collaboration with the U N Environment Program with funding from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

The seminar is being held at the EPA Annex on Third Street in Sinkor.

He indicated that as result of building houses in wetlands, certain parts of the country experience flooding during the rainy season.

This, he noted, creates vulnerability and adaptation for Liberians who are exposed to the extreme risk of the impact of climate change.

Karmorh reiterated that the impact of climate change undermines the socio-economic development of the country as it affects every sector of the nation’s development, noting that it is critical for Liberia to start putting measures in place to address the situation of climate change.

The EPA Coordinator said as a member of the Climate Change Convention, Liberia is under obligation to report after every three years the impact of climate change on the country’s socio-economic development.

He pointed out that national experts would be trained in the critical sectors of climate change such as the agriculture, health, water resources, coastal resources and forestry sectors which would give a national mapping report on the vulnerability and adaptation impacting the nation.

He stressed that Liberians should realize that climate change is taking place in the country, noting that its impact is seen from the weather condition and other factors contributing to the impact of climate change in Liberia.