Institutional Support to African Climate Institution Project


Overview

  • Reference: P-Z1-CZ0-003
  • Approval date: 17/11/2009
  • Start date: 22/08/2011
  • Appraisal Date: 15/08/2009
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Implementing Agency: FAfrican Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development ACMAD
  • Location: MULTINATIONAL

Description

1.1 Improved access to observation networks:

(i) construction of infrastructures, such as, ground & upper air meteorological stations, Technological parks / demo observatories, agro-meteorological & hydrological observatories;

(ii) procurement of automatic meteo stations, data collection platforms, Network access & processing systems, data rescue systems, now casting and forecasting technological packages, etc.; and

(iii) Training on new technological packages, Expertise in IT and Database management;

(iv) support to Global Humanitarian Forums PPP to install weather stations on cell phone masts; undertake baseline studies 1.2 Operationalization of Climate Information Systems:

(i) Procurement of statistical package; and

(ii) Seasonal forecasting workshops, Expertise in forecasting and in Climate Application 1.3 Downscaling Global Climate Data and Scenarios:

(i) procurement of technological packages;

(ii) Training on technological packages; 1.1 Improved access to observation networks:

(i) construction of infrastructures, such as, ground & upper air meteorological stations, Technological parks / demo observatories, agro-meteorological & hydrological observatories;

(ii) procurement of automatic meteo stations, data collection platforms, Network access & processing systems, data rescue systems, now casting and forecasting technological packages, etc.; and

(iii) Training on new technological packages, Expertise in IT and Database management;

(iv) support to Global Humanitarian Forums PPP to install weather stations on cell phone masts; undertake baseline studies 1.2 Operationalization of Climate Information Systems:

(i) Procurement of statistical package; and

(ii) Seasonal forecasting workshops, Expertise in forecasting and in Climate Application 1.3 Downscaling Global Climate Data and Scenarios:

(i) procurement of technological packages;

(ii) Training on technological packages;

(iii) Regional workshops on generation of climate scenarios;

(iv) Expertise in climate Scenarios generation & in climate modeling; and

(v) production of climate change indices; 1.4 Dissemination strategy development and implementation:

(i) procurement of computer-assisted publication systems;

(ii) Strengthening existing media networks;

(iii) workshops for medias, communicators and rural radio agents; and

(iv) Updating of existing meteorological agencies' Websites. 2.1 Enhancement of capacity of scientists:

(i) Rehabilitation of meeting and workshop rooms;

(ii) On-job training, training of trainers, series of workshops on Costal & marine forecast, water resources & food security, health & climate, and sensitization for legislators;

(iii) implementation of scientists in-residence and fellowship programs; and

(iv) participation of scientists international conferences. 2.2 Climate Impacts Assessments:

(i) Vulnerability and impact assessment study;

(ii) Climate assessment validation workshops;

(iii) Expertise for consolidation of sub-regional assessment & in assessment of risk and vulnerability; and

(iv) scholarships in miscellaneous fields. 2.3 Technical and professional training:

(i) construction or rehabilitation of lecturing facilities;

(ii) Workshops for parliamentarians sensitization, negotiators' & civil society training; and

(iii) participation international conferences. 3.1 Capacity strengthening:

(i) Rehabilitation of existing offices and construction of new facilities;

(ii) Procurement required equipment to implement and coordinate project physical activities;

(iii) procurement of project administrative, financial and accounting software for project financial resources management;

(iv) training staff in project cycle management;

(v) recruitment of additional staff in critical areas, such as, financial management & monitoring & evaluation; and

(iv) provision of technical assistance to ensure project implementation in accordance with good tasks management practices; 3.2 Prepare and submit the required reports:

(i) undertake annual external audit;

(ii) submit quarterly progress reports;

(iii) undertake project supervisions every (09) months and a mid-term review; and

(iv) prepare a project completion reports; 3.3 Monitor agreements with partner institutions AGHRYMET, ICPAC and DMC: ensure that MOU with partner institutions are implemented in accordance with agreed work program.


Objectives

The objective of this project is to strengthen the capacities of African regional climate centers to generate and disseminate climate information to support economic development in the continent.


Rationale

The Bank attaches high priority to addressing the threats of climate change in Africa. The Bank's Medium Term Strategy (2008-2012) identifies climate change as a cross cutting threat that can affect the Bank's goal of supporting poverty reduction and sustainable development in the continent. The Bank currently has very limited experience in implementing climate change projects and this project would provide useful lessons as well as the necessary data and information that could be integrated into the development of regional and national strategy papers.

1.3.2 The Bank's recently approved Climate Risk Management and Adaptation Strategy seeks to:

(i) enhance Bank capacity to address the climate change challenge in Africa through adaptation and climate-proofing; and

(ii) foster partnerships in the area of climate change and use its convening role to identify regional opportunities, solutions and co-operation. An important component of this strategy is the need to mainstream climate risk and adaptation into national development policies and plans and this project provides the platform to implement this pillar by providing the necessary climate data and building capacities of end-users to use the data.

1.3.3 Africa's regional climate centers are under-funded and, therefore, unable to provide climate services to users. Currently, the existing climate centers are sustained by short-term donor-funded projects, through which purchase of equipment is made possible. The Bank, through the institutional support to African climate institutions project is adopting a holistic programmatic approach to strengthen both institutional and individual capacities of scientists in meeting their renewed mandates to support developmental efforts based on institutional needs assessment. By addressing the needs of the regional climate centers, climate data will be easily accessible throughout the continent and these centers shall in turn be able to provide technical support to national climate centers.

1.3.4 The project is in line with ADF guidelines on financing of multinational operations, and Bank policy on economic cooperation and regional integration. This project will help foster regional integration in the continent as elaborated in the Vision of NEPAD by getting all the regional institutions to work together towards a common goal of reducing Africa's vulnerability to climate change. This further strengthens regional integration in line with Bank's Policies on Regional Integration. It is also in conformity with the objectives of ADF XI and the strategic visions of NEPAD and the regional economic communities such as ECOWAS, SADC and IGAD. The project also meets the criteria of Regional Public Goods (ANNEX III).


Benefits

2.5.1 The primary beneficiaries of the project will be ACMAD, AGRHYMET, ICPAC and DMC which are regional climate centers based respectively in Niger, Kenya and Botswana, and an estimated population of about 480 million people in 25 countries who directly depend on climate sensitive sectors in Africa. Policy makers from ECOWAS, SADC, EAC, IGAD, ECCCAS, and the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) will take advantage of created and disseminated data, to enable adaptation and development planning in strategic sectors affected by climate change such as agriculture and food security, forestry, water resources and energy. Local farmers, community groups, NGOs and civil society organizations will be trained in the use of climate information to plan their livelihood activities.

2.5.2 The ultimate beneficiaries will be:

(i) poor rural and urban populations whose livelihoods are sensitive to climate variability;

(ii) development practitioners who need to integrate climate change in their areas;

(iii) policy analysts and researchers who need climate information as input to their work on identification of policy options and best practice;

(iv) sub-regional and national climate, meteorological and hydrological services and other relevant research institutions that provide the data and information services required;

(v) relevant national sectoral ministries such as those responsible for agriculture, health and water resources. Outcomes will include widely available climate related data and enhanced capability on how to integrate climate change into development planning processes.

2.5.3 The project has identified proper channels through which the generated information will reach these potential beneficiaries. Such channels include policy briefs, specialized dissemination and training sessions on the use of the data tailored to the needs of various target groups, use of community radios and local publications in local languages. The project is partnering with the Weather for All project of the Global Humanitarian Forum to create access and also disseminate daily, dekadal and seasonal climate information through the use of cell phones. The seasonal Regional Climate Outlook Forums which the project will be supporting project brings together climate data producers and a cross section of end users together to provide regional climate and discuss the use of such products. This Forum provides the opportunity for end-users to make input into their climate information needs regarding content, packaging and dissemination. Specifically, the COFs will allow the proper packaging of climate information that incorporates lessons learned from indigenous climate forecasting. ICPAC is already doing this and this knowledge shall be extended to the other institutions.


Key contacts

GBELI Léandre - OSAN3


Costs

Finance source Amount
ADFUAC 20,000,000
GovernmentUAC 4,230,000
TotalUAC 24,230,000