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Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, has observed ‘‘Climate change and environmental degradation affect the daily lives of Freetonians.’’

She added despite the risks of landslides, mudslides, and flooding, the extreme heat because of the loss of tree cover, there is an increasing crisis in access to clean water. ‘‘Finding solutions to climate change consequences, including severe water shortages, require local actions which in turn can be catalyzed and facilitated by global international policies and frameworks,’’ she continued, adding ‘‘I am therefore deeply honored to have been invited to join the newly established 12 person Global Commission for the Independent Review of the Economics of Water, co-chaired by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Director General of WTO.

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