Funding for Sub-Saharan Africa’s adaptation to climate change

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The shrinking Gilgel Abbay River, the main source for Lake Tana
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Low funding hampers Africa’s climate change adaptation

by Gilbert Nakweya

Speed read

  • Sub-Saharan Africa ranked third in climate change adaptation financing in 2013
  • Experts call for increased funding to help the region address climate issues
  • They also advocate for partnerships and involvement of local communities

Inadequate funding for adaptation programmes is one of the acute challenges preventing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa from effectively addressing the impacts of climate change, experts say.

Delegates who attended the 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA9) held in Kenya on 27-30 April heard that insufficient and uncertain financing has made it difficult for African countries to enhance and sustain effective adaptation programmes to deal with the adverse effects of climate change.

Finding a way to get increased investments from the private sector specifically devoted to adaptation programmes provides the greatest opportunity to combat climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa, the conference heard.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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