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High Level Event on the Sustainable Development Benefits of Adaptation in Africa


Date:   Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 13:15-14:45

Programme:   Please click pdf-icon here (426 kB) .

Participation:   Open to all Parties and observers attending COP 22


The event will feature several dignitaries from Africa to speak about the multiplier development benefits of adaptation in their countries. With the continuing efforts to further enhance ways to plan for and address the challenges posed by climate change, many countries have started to realize the benefits of adaptation actions and efforts implemented thus far. In some cases, these benefits have gone beyond the initial objectives of tackling climate change risks, and are significantly contributing towards broader sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty. The event will focus on these added benefits of adaptation from several African countries.



Building adaptive capacity and strengthening resilience in coastal areas in Senegal

The Government of Senegal initiated work towards integrated coastal management programmes in several zones through various projects, as a way to effectively address coastal erosion and salt-water intrusion. Results of two major programmes implemented in the coastal areas will be showcased, whereby the interventions not only fulfilled their objective, but contributed towards improved coastal livelihoods. The multiplier benefits include increased economic activity, creation of direct and indirect jobs, rehabilitation of fish processing infrastructure, and accrued benefits by the society from other knowledge and infrastructure created by the programmes.



Transforming livelihoods through adaptation of agriculture systems to climate change in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a national adaptation programme of action (NAPA) project aimed at strengthening capacities of agricultural systems to climate change has created multiple benefits including climate information infrastructure and services, local fish farms contributing to community livelihoods, enhanced agriculture value chain, scaling up the local economy. The project has further paved way for a new project aimed at improving women and children's resilience and capacity to adapt to climate change.


Worker in Olkaria Kenya_by Lydur Skulason_Kenya NAMA 

Renewable energy development in Kenya

Droughts have particularly led to adverse impacts on Kenya’s electricity generation that has traditionally relied heavily on hydro generation at 51.2% by 2007. This has meant switching to thermal generators when dams are too low to sustain generation, a technology that not only emits greenhouse gases, but also leads to high unit costs of energy partly due to the costs of importing the fossil fuels. Kenya’s Vision 2030 recognizes energy as a driver of development, and that building resilience in, and stabilizing the energy sector will, by extension, build resilience in all the other sectors that depend on energy supply for their operations. Kenya’s intervention will, consequently focus on the sustainable development benefits of building the adaptive capacity and resilience of the energy sector across the different socio-economic sectors. The intervention will also touch on the country’s drought early warning system.


Benefits from agriculture adaptation initiatives in Lesotho

The Government of Lesotho implemented several agriculture adaptation initiatives in response to incremental droughts and unpredictable rains that have nearly brought productivity to a halt. The spotlight includes activities to revive horticultural crop production through protected agriculture and to improve livestock production through measures such as improved breeds and rehabilitation of rangelands. Multiplier benefits include significantly scaled-up yields in both crops and livestock products, exceeding originally intended local community consumption and needs, and enabling supply to commercial local and neighboring markets. These activities have also created additional employment. The collective benefits have improved the livelihoods of the local communities and beyond.

Enhancing resilience to climate change of the agriculture and water sectors in Morocco

Focusing on two key development sectors (agriculture and water), the Government of Morocco implemented various measures to facilitate integration of adaptation in development planning, to implement the Agriculture Strategy of Morocco and to support improved water resource management. The activities have influenced the adoption of advanced technologies leading to increased agricultural production, improved synergy between development partners, and developed financial management capacity at the national level to meet partner’s procurement and financial management requirements.