Gabon to provide UNDP 500,000 dollars in funding for African Adaptation InitiativeJan 22, 2018
Libreville, 18 January 2018 — Mr. Régis Immongault, the Gabonese Minister of the Economy, Forecasting and Sustainable Development Planning, and Mr. Stephen Jackson, Resident Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), signed an agreement for Gabon to provide 500,000 provide in funding for the African Adaptation Initiative (AAI). This contribution follows the commitment to support the AAI made by President Ali Bongo Ondimba at the One Planet summit in Paris in December 2017.
The AAI was launched in Paris during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in December 2015. It aims to increase action on the continent in terms of climate change adaptation, and works to improve climate and observation infrastructure, as well as supporting the implementation of national and regional policies.
It also seeks to facilitate the implementation of specific projects on the ground in order to improve adaptation measures and prepare African countries to access sources of funding. Its priorities are the management of degraded and infertile soil, agroforestry research to reduce soil erosion, and agroecology to promote good agricultural practices and water management.
By agreeing to manage this contribution to the AAI, the UNDP reaffirms its continued desire to fight against climate change, which mainly affects African countries.
Stephen Jackson stated that "this initiative is a bold and fresh step for Africa to galvanize the support needed to significantly increase adaptation and actions aimed at addressing losses and damages on the continent, with an initial focus on boosting action by 2020".
The UNDP's help will mainly involve the mobilization of resources. This contribution should therefore make it possible to arrange a round table with relevant donors by the end of 2018 (bilateral, multilateral, and charitable institutions) in order to raise at least 5 million dollars.
Mr. Immongault added that "Gabon is familiar with the pragmatism and experience of the UNDP in addressing this challenge, which in the long run should enable various African countries to benefit from its expertise to succeed with their adaptation plans and seek the funding required for implementation".
Welcoming the gesture by the Gabonese government, Mr. Jackson ended his remarks by quoting the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres: "Climate action is a necessity. It is also a clear opportunity to advance all our efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals".
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