Japan Backs UNDP Programme on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

11 December 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Government of Japan, will support twenty-one African countries in the development of their capacity to plan, implement and monitor flexible and long-term development policies for climate change adaptation.

Criteria for defining recipient countries for the US$92 million

programme include vulnerability to climate change risks and the

priorities of the Japanese Government. The Programme falls under the

“Cool Earth Partnership,” and is part of the “Japan-UNDP Joint

Framework for Building Partnership to Address Climate Change in

Africa,” which was established at the Fourth Tokyo International

Conference on African Development in May 2008.

Recipient Governments include: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon,

Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger,

Nigeria, the Republic of Congo and Senegal. Participating countries are

expected to start their adaptation activities in January 2009. [UNDP Press Release]