EPA Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its Strategic Plan for the period covering 2022 – 2026.

Making the disclosure after the validation of the document, the EPA Executive Director, Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh informed reporters that ‘this Strategic Plan articulates our corporate aspirations for the next five years (2022 – 2026) and establishes a program to achieve them. He continued “It is a roadmap: an embodiment of deliberate choices to effectively attend to the environmental issues in our country; not only for our current generation but more so for the well-being of future generations. It is also a commitment to contribute to addressing key issues, such as climate change, of the international environmental community. This plan also envelopes a deliberate choice to align the PAPD with climate change actions that are embedded in Liberia’s framework document in the fight against global warming – the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)”.

To ensure the participation and involvement of independent technical experts, Mr. Tarpeh said the EPA has hired the services of Subah Belleh Associates, a renowned Management Consultancy with over thirty-eight years of industry experience, to facilitate the preparation of this important document.

The release of the five-year strategic Plan follows the publication of the State of the Environment Report (SOER) in July 2021 and the successful completion, submission and approval of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in August 2021.

The SOER is a national report that gives the conditions of the environment and the effort of every member country the world over to improve the environment through climate change resilient and environmentally sensitive mitigation and adaptation actions and measures. These reports are generally required every five years, and the last time Liberia prepared these documents was in 2006.

The NDC is required plan under the 2015 Paris Agreement, which outlines a country’s ambitions in reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). The last EPA Strategic Plan expired in 2018.

Prof. Tarpeh ended with a call on all employees to assiduously work to ensure successful implementation of the Plan.  He specifically charged all task managers in particular to make copies of the relevant sections of this PLAN and ensure that each and every employee under their direction is familiar with and committed to the orderly pursuit of the plan.

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