Liberia: Gov’t to Launch US$17M West Point Coastal Defence Project

Monrovia, Liberia– President George M. Weah is expected to launch the ‘Monrovia Metropolitan Coastal Resilience Project’ (MMCRP) today, 18 October 2021 in the slum of West Point according to Front Page Africa.

The MMCRP would address barriers to effective climate change adaptation in the coastal zone of Monrovia, Liberia’s Capitol through interventions in three interrelated focus areas including coastal protection, coastal management and diversified climate-resilient livelihoods.

According to a release from the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), the project includes an infrastructure component for the construction of a rock revetment to protect West Point against coastal erosion and storms.

West Point has an estimated population of 60-70,000. It is a township of Monrovia located on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean between the Mesurado and St. Paul Rivers.

The densely populated slum is particularly vulnerable to climate effects including sea level rise and the increased frequency of high-intensity storms.