The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is funded by the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), one of the two Climate Investment Funds (CIF). It is designed to demonstrate ways that developing countries can make climate risk and resilience part of their core development planning. It helps countries build on their National Adaptation Programs of Action and helps fund public and private sector investments identified in climate resilient development plans.
With pledges of approximately USD 1 billion, PPCR is active in nine country and two regional pilots worldwide, including three in Africa: Mozambique, Niger, and Zambia.
The AfDB is supporting each of these African nations as they coordinate with their respective civil societies, private sectors and other development partners to develop their PPCR investment strategies. Once approved, the AfDB will begin channeling PPCR funds to specific projects along with co-financing from its own resources.
Niger is one of the first three developing countries worldwide chosen to operationalize PPCR. In addition to channeling USD 35 million of the total USD 110 million in PPCR funding allocated to Niger, the AfDB is also mobilizing an additional USD 90 million in co-financing from its own resources to help Niger intensify its battle against desert encroachment and drought. Niger’s PPCR investment strategy involves mainstreaming climate resilience into development strategies; expanding sustainable land management initiatives and integrating them into planning and budgeting processes; updating the quality of weather and climate information and making it publicly available; and improving monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
Mozambique ranks third amongst the African countries most exposed to risks from multiple weather related hazards. The AfDB is working closely with the government of Mozambique and other partners to develop a PPCR investment strategy that will help mainstream climate change in central budgets and planning, sectoral investments, and the private sector. It will hinge on Mozambique’s NAPA priorities to 1) strengthen early warning systems; 2) build the capacity of farmers to deal with climate change; 3) reduce the impacts of climate change along the coastal zone; and 4) improve water resources management. These priorities cover the Zambezi basin prone to flooding, the Limpopo watershed prone to drought, and the coastal town of Beira and its corridor prone to cyclones.
Mozambique has received a PPCR program development grant of USD 1.5 million to support preparation of its PPCR investment plan. The AfDB is helping execute several studies, including the Strategic Environmental and Social Environmental Assessment (SESIA) of the investment plan, an institutional assessment and public expenditures review, and a coastal cities vulnerability study among others.
Zambia’s vulnerability to climate change is due to its economic dependency on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and natural resources. The AfDB is working closely with the government of Zambia and other partners to develop a PPCR investment strategy in line with national development priorities, including strengthening early warning weather systems, integrating climate resilience in infrastructure planning and investments, and strengthening the adaptive capacity and livelihood of farmers and natural ecosystems in the most affected areas of southern and western Zambia.
Zambia has received a PPCR program development grant of USD 1.5 million to support preparation of its PPCR investment strategy. The AfDB is supporting this phase by providing input on mainstreaming climate resilience into national developing planning, strengthening institution coordination, improving information for decision makers, and shaping targeted awareness and communication.