Stakeholders explore pathways, strategies and shared ambitions for advancing locally-led climate adaptation


Stakeholders from governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society and the private sector engaged with climate action in Ghana have held a one-day workshop to explore pathways and shared ambitions for advancing locally-led adaptations in Ghana.

This one-day workshop was organised by APRI – Africa Policy Research Institute – in collaboration with the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC). It explored pathways through which locally-led adaptation can support Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and the country’s climate change adaptation planning.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Grace Mbungu – Head of the Climate Change Program at APRI – stressed that locally-led climate adaptation initiatives are becoming important policy tools and approaches for making climate action more effective.

This is because individual farmers, households and resource managers operating at the micro-level make most of the key land-use and resource allocation decisions in adapting to the threats and opportunities posed by a changing climate.  As such, climate adaptation actions risk being ineffective if they fail to be led by the views and priorities of local stakeholders who influence land, water and other resource-use decisions.

“We need to learn from those who are at the forefront, dealing and coping with the effects of this climate crisis. The steps they take to deal with day-to-day effects of climate change can and should inform policy and implantation strategies. Those actions which can be supported should also receive support,” Dr. Mbungu said.

Rukayatu Sanusi, Executive Director of the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre, also highlighted the workshop’s importance. She emphasised that Ghana is making some progress in formulating policies, strategies and projects to advance climate action; and it is important for the country to deepen learnings from initiatives on locally-led adaptation to inform the country’s priorities advanced in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and National Adaptation Framework.

In a short presentation made by Dr. Albert Arhin, a Research Fellow at APRI, he showed that climate finance is not reaching the local level as expected. This is because just about 3.5% out of the US$1.3billion climate finance inflows to Ghana from 2011-2019 were spent on climate adaptation initiatives which support local communities to adjust and respond to the harsh realities of climate change.

The workshop provided an opportunity for stakeholders to explore opportunities, barriers and constraints for accelerating locally-led climate adaptation in Ghana. They further explored key priorities and entry points for advancing locally-led adaptation as a key component of Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions.

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