West Africa Coastal Climate Change National Adaptation Planning Workshop
This report covers a 2013 workshop in Ghana focused on the impacts of climate change on West Africa’s coastal and marine environment and actions that could help countries in the region adapt.
It started with an examination of development objectives in key economic sectors and how they are threatened by climate change. Participants then identified adaptation actions to support those objectives.
They agreed that many sectors rely on the same inputs and enabling conditions. For example, in addition to being its own important economic sector, infrastructure is a critical input for agriculture and food security, fisheries, water resources, and tourism. Moreover, they recognized the interconnectedness of the West African regional coastal system. Climate threats, they found, are relatively consistent across the region.
The report contains key points provided by country representatives on goals and next steps for national adaptation plans focused on the coastal sector. Participants agreed that it was crucial to identify key stakeholders, including the public and private sectors, and categorize their roles in the process.
The director of environment for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) explained ways that regional institutions can support countries in identifying and carrying out adaptation measures.