The African Development Bank (AfDB) has renewed its support for climate change resilience in Madagascar, Benin and Angola, which are accessing $17.8 million of adaptation finance in the form of grants from the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) during the second quarter of 2013.
It follows the approval last March to fund three water and sanitation projects.
Under the scheme, Madagascar will receive $6.2 million to promote climate change adaptation by ensuring (a) that agricultural water infrastructure planned with African Development Fund support is modified so as to be resilient in the face of climate change, (b) that the vulnerability of the agriculture catchment to cyclones and flooding is reduced, and (c) that local agricultural livelihoods are adapted to climate change through water management and health interventions.
Benin will receive $7.2 million to allow flood control and climate resilience of agriculture infrastructures in Oueme Valley. Under this project, flooding risk mapping and climate resilient agriculture infrastructures like dykes will be promoted along with flood resistant grain storage systems.
Angola will receive $4.4 million to increase the scope of the four pilot demonstration centres to climate change technology for sustainable development.
The Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) hosted under the Global Environment Facility (GEF), approved the financing for the three agriculture and natural resource management projects, which are aimed at increasing the adaptation capacities of the three nations.
This approval represents a major step forward in the engagement of the AfDB to support African countries’ resilience to climate change.
The LDCF was established under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to finance the preparation and implementation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs).