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Laying the Foundations for Climate Resilient Development

Laying the foundations for climate resilient development

Sep 30, 2013

This report seeks to chronicle the successes of the AAP by giving a voice to the people who have implemented the programme on the ground, including National AAP Directors, representatives of UNDP Country Offices and individuals working with local NGOs. It gives them an opportunity to describe some of the programme’s most important impacts and the gradual, incremental transformations in people’s understanding, ways of working, attitudes and capacities that are taking place as a result of the AAP. It provides a snapshot of a highly ambitious and innovative programme that has laid the foundations for climate-resilient development in Africa.

In 2008, the Government of Japan provided US$92.1 million for the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) to support integrated, comprehensive approaches to climate change adaptation in Africa by building the capacities of 20 African countries to adjust their national development processes to incorporate the risks and opportunities of climate change.

Facts and figures

  • Projected reductions in crop yields in some countries could be as much as 50 per cent by 2020, and crop net revenues could fall by as much as 90 per cent by 2100
  • Even without climate change, several countries in Africa, particularly in northern Africa, will exceed the limits of their economically usable land-based water resources before 2025. About 25 percent of Africa’s population (some 200 million people) currently experience high water stress.
  • In 2011 the region had the lowest aggregate human development indicators—life expectancy, education and standard of living.

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