The Liberian government partnered with the Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia and Conservation International (CI) to organize a ‘Blue Ocean Conference’ in Monrovia from March 18 – 21, 2019.
This to be the first environmental and marine conference organized in West Africa, signifying a historic moment for the country – according to the organizers.
A National Steering Committee involving of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will serve as Chair, while Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) will serve as the uppermost decision-making body of the conference.
The aim is to classify advanced solutions to ensure the long-term sustainability of Africa’s marine environment; it will be a changing for ocean work in Liberia, West Africa, and the African region.
CI-Liberia Country Director Jessica Donovan said: “We desire to reverse the decline in the country’s health sector; the planet and prosperity, because this is a major opportunity for Liberia to join global efforts, which started in New York and Nairobi, Kenya, to conserve our oceans and advance toward action for West Africa,”
This is a distinctive chance for Liberia to connect the expertise at the conference in order to vitrine the country’s ecosystem prospective including finding lasting solutions to challenges in marine and environmental governance.
The conference, according to Donovan, wishes to center on the following themes, Marine Pollution, Climate Change, Sustainable Fishing, and Blue Economy.
From the large reservoir of plastic debris and other pollutants, containing riverine discharges, agricultural, sediment, solid waste and agricultural run-offs to the visible impact of climate change through sea erosion and land mishandling makes this thematic area imperative in order to evaluate impact, mitigate and adopt policies that would build resilience and decrease disaster risk in the post-conflict nation.
Accordingly, a beach cleaning workout will form part of the four-day occasion in order to create public awareness and training.
Donovan: participants, as well as target groups from across Liberia, will take part in a vigorous day of cleaning a beach in Liberia and learning about the significance of the coastal areas.
This aspect of the gathering will encourage all to help care for their environment. With vast ecosystem in Liberia, the conference pursues to bolster the impetus started by the United Nations Oceans Conference in creating chances for African countries to find the challenges that come with marine governance and development that is sustainable explicitly regarding the thematic areas in the impact of climate change, sustainable fishing practices, economic opportunities, and maritime security.
This conference comes at a time Liberia is looking towards expanding the economy for broader growth.
At the upcoming conference, stakeholders are predictable to give consideration to ways in which the shipping industry will progress to ensure that maritime security is related to the fishing sector, “Because bad fishing activities are eroding life in the ocean and endangering the livelihood of the coastal community.”
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy, and partnerships to safeguard the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods.
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