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Call for expressions of interest for membership in the ABM Executive Board (ABM Board)

On the 21st of March 2019, the African Development Bank launched the ABM pilot phase. In the period 2019-2023, the Bank will test the ABM through demonstration projects in Africa funded by various sources of finance. The Bank will also pilot the institutional arrangements and technical infrastructure for ABM, consisting of an interim ABM Executive Board (ABM Board), ABM Methodology Panel, ABM secretariat and an ABM Registry hosted by the Bank.  

Under the ABM the benefits of adaptation action and the associated incremental costs will be determined and certified with the view to promote the value of resilience and mobilize new and additional public and private sector finance for adaptation through results-based payments. 

The ABM Board will play a central role in the ABM cycle. Its main task entails the design and application of a rigorous approval process for ABM methodologies, ABM projects and requests for issuance of certified adaptation benefits. The ABM Board will provide guidance on ABM, including on independent validation, and supervise the ABM Methodology panel and ABM Registry. The ABM Secretariat provided by the Bank will assist the ABM Board in its tasks. In order to minimize the administrative costs, the ABM Board will be encouraged to meet and work mainly online. Face-to-face meetings may be organised in the margins of relevant events. The ABM Board is expected to develop and adopt its own rules of procedure and supervise the preparation of any tools, templates and communication materials on the ABM. The ABM Board members will be selected by the Head of the ABM Secretariat within the Bank based on expressions of interest of eligible candidates in accordance with the Terms of Reference for ABM Board members. The ABM Board will select the members of the ABM Methodology panel.

The first ABM demonstration project is expected to start in the third quarter of 2019. It concerns the dissemination of a set of sustainable agroforestry measures in existing cocoa plantations in Cote d’Ivoire with a roll out to Cameroon, Ghana and Togo. The project will be implemented by the Bank in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and in close collaboration with the government of Cote d’Ivoire. The ABM Board will be informed on the progress of the project. The project is scheduled to pass through the ABM Board’s approval process in 2020.