In Africa, climate change is a reality. Across the continent, severe effects of climate change such as flooding, drought, desertification, land degradation climate migration and conflicts are being experienced first-hand. The limited adaptive capacity makes the continent even more vulnerable. A 4% annual loss in GDP, 250 million people in water distress, 50% decline in yields of rain-fed agriculture, as well as annual expenditure of US$ 50 billion on climate adaptation, are some of the projected challenges that the region has to deal with. We can’t turn back the clock, but we could adopt ecosystem-based adaptation to minimize the vulnerability and build resilience to climate change.

STRENGTHEN RESILIENCE AND ADAPTIVE CAPACITY TO CLIMATE RELATED DISASTERS

Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries of Africa

INTEGRATE CLIMATE CHANGE MEASURES INTO POLICIES AND PLANNING

Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

BUILD KNOWLEDGE AND CAPACITY TO MEET CLIMATE CHANGE

Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

IMPLEMENT THE UN FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of African countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible

PROMOTE MECHANISMS TO RAISE CAPACITY FOR PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing countries of Africa, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities.