Climate Change in Africa
A race against time
We live in a complicated interconnected world, on a continent experiencing considerable economic, social and environmental challenges. Among the most significant of the environmental challenges is climate change. In Africa, climate change threatens to derail the significant development gains that have been made over the last decades; climate change also threatens future growth and development. Read more
Les forêts jouent un rôle de premier plan dans le climat mondial. Les arbres et les sols qui les composent captent le dioxyde de carbone de l’atmosphère et le convertissent, par la photosynthèse, en carbone, qu’ils emmagasinent ensuite sous la forme de bois et de végétation. C’est un processus connu sous le terme de « piégeage du carbone ». Les forêts fixent d’énormes quantités de carbone. Au total, les forêts et les sols forestiers de la planète stockent plus de 1 000 milliards de tonnes de carbone, deux fois plus que le volume présent dans l’atmosphère. Empêcher ces stocks de carbone d’être libérés sous forme de gaz est crucial pour le bilan carbone, vital pour la conservation de l’environnement et utile pour un meilleur contrôle du réchauffement global (www.fao.org).
Results-based finance is a mechanism that enables an “off-taker” to pay a “project developer” for the delivery of specific results. For a results-based payment mechanism to work, four key elements are required
Engaging private sector in financing local climate adaptation: What lessons can we learn from Africa and how to scale them up?
“I nearly lost everything this year, when my rice farm almost collapsed during an unprecedented drought.” Mrs. Sacca has been farming rice for the past seven years on her two one-hectare plots of lowland near N’Dali, north-east of Benin. The rice she grows is the main source of subsistence for her family. On a good year, she can generate enough revenue from her rice sales to pay her children’s school fees and to keep her family clothed, fed and housed. “It was a close call! The rains were late on one of my two rice furrows, which are 5km apart. With the help of two young people from the village, we had to hastily dig a bore hole and water the young shoots that were already drying up, while waiting for the rains to arrive”.
Africa’s commitment to integrating gender in climate change adaptation polices and initiatives matters
Actors across Africa can show their commitment to ending gender inequality by reconsidering climate change policy and initiatives.
A common image of Africa is that of women and girls walking long distances carrying heavy loads of water and fuelwood. Climate Change is forcing women and girls to walk ever longer distances due to water and fuel scarcity – endangering their health and safety – and restricting their educational and income generating opportunities.