MCC launches 20,000 Climate Resilience Trees Planting Project
With funding provided by Mayors Migration Council to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) under the Climate Mitigation Project, the MCC at the weekend
launched phase two of Climate Resilience/Mitigation Project that is geared towards the planting of 20,000 trees along select segment of the country’s costal belt.
It can be recalled that several flood victims drawn from the densely populated Township of West Point and the Borough of New Kru Town benefited from the grant. The grant was intended to enable them to start off little businesses so that they would in turn cater to their families.
Accordingly, given an overview of the new phase of the project, the Field and Safeguard Officer of the Project, Fayia Yonda, explained that the project was contested for by more than 200 cities across the world, but the city of Monrovia was selected among five beneficiary cities.
“Five cities were selected and we accepted among in that number for the US$200,000 grant project. The project objective is to resist the issues of climate change and resilient strategies. Under the project, 20,000 trees across New Kru Town and West Point and Slipway through the Cape Mesurado belt,” he added.
Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee, in remarks, indicated that the two communities were selected to pilot the project because they are the real victims of the costal action.
He urged the beneficiaries (Borough of New Kru Town) and (Township of West Point) to ensure that the project is implemented fully for the benefit of the people.
“This is one of our major community projects being implemented here. This is not a government project, it’ internationally supported and the money must be justified. We launched a project two years ago to rescue our communities and so we took advantage of the international project to help support our own goal,” he stated.
“This project targets directly 150 persons- 50 older folks – 25 each from West Point and New Kru Town who are victims of flood were given grant to do business. This new phase of the project targets 100 young people, to help rescue our communities. Let us use this project collectively to ensure success. You should ensure that the trees will be protected by us because there are lots of benefits in doing so,” he told the residents.