Wednesday, July 10, 2013

AfDB and Global Environment Facility to strengthen climate change adaptation with USD 33.58 million

African Development Bank: The Global Environment Facility Council has approved a grant of USD 11.3 million, to be channeled through the AfDB, for climate adaptation activities in Cameroon, Djibouti and Kenya. 

The Council’s Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) will finance the Rural Livelihoods’ Adaptation to Climate Change Program in Djibouti and Kenya. For the first phase of the program, Kenya and Djibouti will receive grants of USD 2.5 million and USD 5.07 million, respectively. The program will increase the resilience of pastoralists to the effects of climate change effects on the region.

The SCCF will also provide a grant of USD 4.03 million for a project to enhance the resilience of poor communities to urban flooding in Yaoundé, Cameroon. This project will strengthen institutional capacity to improve long-term resilience to flood risk, improve the readiness and adaptive capacity of local communities to the risk of flooding, and help pay for flood control technologies.

The GEF Council also approved financing, from the LDCF, for projects in Angola and Madagascar. In Angola, a USD 4.41 million grant will enable the Bank to implement a project to integrate climate change into management of the environment and adoption of sustainable land management practices. The project will disseminate sustainable land management and adaptation practices in agro-forestry and land ecology in 350 communities.

In Madagascar, a USD 6.27 million grant will support the development of climate resilience in the agriculture sector in the country’s southwest region. This project will strengthen the resilience of water supply infrastructure over 10,200 hectares of agricultural land in the Bas Mangoky region....

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