The West Africa Coastal Climate Change National Adaptation Planning workshop, hosted by USAID West Africa (USAID/WA) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in collaboration with USAID ’s Global Climate Change Office and its Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) Program and the Water Office ’s Sustainable Coastal Communities and Ecosystems (SUCCESS) Program, implemented by the University of Rhode Island/Coastal Resources Center, took place at La Palm Hotel in Accra, Ghana from June 18–20, 2013. Thirty participants representing 11 coastal ECOWAS countries, academia, and key regional institutions attended, as well as a representative from Tanzania to share that country ’s experience with the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process and a similar workshop.
The objectives of the workshop were to demonstrate and refine methods for national adaptation planning and facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation into development plans, processes, and strategies, as well as to agree on a road map for a regional plan of action that supports the NAP process in each country. Finally, the workshop aimed to document experiences to inform and influence the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other relevant international processes.
The workshop focused on the cross-sectoral nature of climate change impacts, specifically on the coastal and marine environment, and actions and institutions that could help society adapt. United Nations guidance on the NAP process states that the planning should be based on nationally identified priorities, and coordinated with national development objectives, plans, policies, and programs. Therefore, the workshop used a methodology that starts with key economic sectors and their development objectives, understands how they are vulnerable to climate and non-climate stressors and threats, and identifies adaptation actions to support those development objectives.
Last updated: February 05, 2014