CLIMATE RESILIENT ECONOMIES
Programme Vision: Inclusive, pro poor and thriving climate resilient economies for economic, social, and environmental sustainability in Africa
Programme Mission: To provide policy choices that support the generation, uptake and harnessing of climate sciences, technologies, and innovations for sustainable and diversified livelihoods, socio-economic development, and biodiversity conservation in Africa
Programme Goal: To support the development of enabling policies, organizations and institutions for harnessing applications of climate sciences, technologies and innovations for agriculture and food security, energy access and security, water quality and security, biodiversity and natural resource management in Africa
Africa’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change arises from a combination of factors: heavy dependence of livelihoods and economic activities on highly climate sensitive natural resources such as rain-fed agriculture; natural fragility of its ecosystems (degradation and desertification accounts for 67 percent of Africa’s surface area); a poorly developed infrastructure (especially water, energy, ICT and transport) that can hardly survive extreme weather events such as floods and drought; and poorly developed economies relatively lacking in financial and technological resources for climate adaptation and mitigation. Predominantly, the impact of climate change on infrastructure (i.e. water, energy, transport, & ICTs) is an important economic, environmental, and social issue. In spite of the near universal emphasis on infrastructure development in Africa, few if any countries have explicit climate resilient infrastructure strategies and policies. As Africa is embarking on a widespread and long term effort to build a modern infrastructure network, both within and across national boundaries (e.g. the transport, power and agricultural corridors), future climate risks are, therefore, inevitable.
Studies indicate that the combined effects of current climate vulnerability and future climate change are large enough to prevent many African countries from achieving economic growth pose risks to the much sought after ‘middle income status’ in many African countries, notwithstanding the optimism of the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative. In response, ACTS programme area on climate resilient economies shall focus on evidence based and concerted policy making and implementation in:-
- Mainstreaming climate change in development, policy and planning;
- Enhancing climate science, technology, innovation and knowledge systems;
- Improving climate change governance and;
- Fostering strategic partnerships & cooperation to support especially among public, private, and civil society actors at all levels.