Science-based support for National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes in francophone Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of sub-Saharan Africa
As of: October 2018
Objective and activities
The process of formulating NAPs was initiated in 2010. The goal of NAPs processes is to systematically integrate climate change adaptation measures into development planning. The regional project seeks to increase capacity for science-based and results-oriented implementation of NAP processes across four main fields of activity: 1) Strengthening governments’ coordination capacities for shaping and implementing NAP processes; 2) Consolidating necessary scientific information; 3) Improving access to funding for the priorities identified under the NAP process; and 4) Establishing a regional francophone exchange platform and feeding the project results into the international climate debate. Target groups of the project are the ministries responsible for the NAP processes. Others include ministries as well as meteorological institutes and universities. Traditional knowledge of indigenious people will also be integrated into the NAP processes.
State of implementation/results
- In Benin, the launch workshop was held on 9 und 10 March 2017 in in Grand-Popo
- In Senegal, the launch workshop was held on 11 and 12 April 2017 in Dakar
- The planning ministry in Benin was advised on integrating adaptation into the analytical memo for 2018. This document summarises the current status and outlook of the country in terms of development and is included with the annual draft budget. For the first time, it includes two subsections on the challenges of climate change, emphasising the importance of the NAP process for the country's development
- Based on a review of national and sectoral policies and strategies, an analysis of the existing gaps in knowledge was carried out in Benin together with 12 research institutions. This will help the climate service providers to prepare research-based climate information which can be incorporated into a country’s policies – In Benin, a stocktaking of project proposal submitted to international climate funds was conducted in March 2018
- In December 2017, an analysis of the national planning and budgetary processes in Senegal was conducted. The results were shared with all relevant actors. The analysis provides the starting point for the integration of adaptation into political frameworks
- The partners in Benin and Senegal were assisted in organising a side event at the Climate Change Conference in Bonn (COP23) with the purpose of presenting initial project experiences. This helped to harness project experience and share it with other key players on the international stage.