GEF, UNDP Support Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilience in Africa

GEF UNDP2 October 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported that the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a US$43.63m grant for a UNDP-led initiative to strengthen climate information and early warning systems in ten African countries.

The US$43.63 million programme will be implemented in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, São Tomé and Principe, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The programme is supported through the GEF's Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).

According to UNDP, the programme responds to calls from developing countries negotiating under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to enhance climate information and early warning systems. It explains that the programme will, for example, enable countries to install observational infrastructure and strengthen capacities to collect, manage and use climate information, especially within the ministries responsible for finance, planning, environment, agriculture and water resources. Adriana Dinu, UNDP-GEF, said the activities will be of value in building resilience and adapting countries' sustainable development and poverty alleviation pathways to a changing climate.

The programme is part of a UNDP-GEF portfolio of projects supporting adaptation to climate change. UNDP-GEF is a GEF Implementing Agency that offers countries technical services for programme development, access to financing, monitoring and evaluation, and knowledge management. [UNDP Press Release] [UNDP Adaptation Learning Mechanism Website] [UNDP-GEF Website]