Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Global Environment Facility to Strengthen Climate Change Adaptation in Cameroon with USD 33.58 million

By       Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

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

 A press release from GEFC says 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 Cameroon, 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 in these 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.  Cameroon in 2011 and 2012 suffered from heavy floods in the capital city of Yaounde and the Far North region that led to over 300 deaths according to government sources.

The GEF Council also approved financing, from the LDCF, for projects in Angola and Madagascar the release stated.

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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