Comprehensive adaptation strategy for Mali

Five people sitting behind a conference table

Mali's Minister of Environment welcomes the participants at the kick-off event. Photo: Solveig Schindler

On 21 July in Mali's capital city of Bamako, the Minister of Environment Mohamed Ag Erlaf opened the kick-off workshop for the pilot project on supporting the national strategy for adaptation to climate change in Mali (ASNaCC). Addressing 50 participants, including politicians and representatives of the private sector, civil society and other development cooperation partners, Ag Erlaf underscored the positive experiences gained in Mali's long-standing cooperation with Germany in the field of climate and the environment. The participants also used the event to demonstrate their views on how the programme could be implemented at local level.

Mali is located in the Sahel and is particularly severely affected by the adverse impacts of climate change. Temperatures are rising and rainfall is increasing and becoming less predictable, with the result that fertile farmland and seed is being washed away. The consequence is longer-lasting drought periods.

Up to now, the people in the affected villages and communities as well as responsible individuals in the private sector and at government level lack the capacity and know-how to take effective measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This is hindering the effective implementation of the existing national climate strategy (Stratégie Nationale Changements Climatiques (SNCC)) and the national climate action plan (Plan d`Action National Climat (PANC)).

The new IKI project addresses this challenge and supports decision-makers at all levels in developing and implementing adaptation measures in the context of socio-economic strategies and development policies. The relevant actors will also be trained in prioritising the various sectors, such as agriculture, energy, livestock, fishery, forestry, health and infrastructure in accordance with their vulnerability to climate change. Measures for adapting to climate change will also be integrated into regional, communal and local planning tools.

The intention is that this will lead to activities that will improve the energy supply and reduce wood fuel requirements. At the same time, more efficient cooking stoves as well as small lighting units that run on renewable energy are being used.

The project focuses on areas that are particularly affected by climate change and on the integration of gender aspects into all measures to be implemented.

The finance sector is also to be taken into account, for example through the financing of micro-projects or the incorporation of the impacts of climate change into decision-making on investments.

The project will receive around EUR 10 million in funding in the context of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Environment Ministry and will be implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).