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About - AAI

The African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) was mandated by the 25th African Union Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2015, to develop, with the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), a proposal for enhanced support to Africa on adaptation and loss and damage. The African Adaptation Initiative (AAI) was launched in Paris during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) that took place in December 2015.

image #1 AAI represents a bold and innovative step by Africa to galvanize the support needed to significantly scale up adaptation and actions to address loss and damage on the continent with an initial focus on enhancing action in the pre-2020 period.

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AIMS

The AAI aims to enhance action on adaptation, with the aim of addressing the adaptation financing gap, and implementing measures to address loss and damage in Africa. This will be done through partnerships with institutions and organisations undertaking relevant work on the continent to scale up and replicate on-going initiatives and develop proposals for new initiatives. The AAI will advocate for and facilitate access to existing and scaled-up resources for African countries to develop and implement policies, plans, and actions to support their efforts to adapt and address loss and damage.

Outcomes

After successfully delivering results as intended under Phase 1 (2015-2016) and Phase 2 (2017-19), the AAI is now resourcing and implementing post-2020 activities under Phase 3 (2020-2030). Phase 3 begins with achieving transformative results for adaptation in Africa through a 2020-2025 Roadmap. In delivering the AAI 2020-2025 Roadmap, the AAI seeks to contribute results across four high-level outcome areas:
  • USD 1 Billion is invested in African countries by 2025 to ensure adequate climate information services (including early-warning systems and observational infrastructure) to support robust policy and decision-making on adaptation;
  • All African countries have translated their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and their NDC Adaptation into investment plans, and fundable pipeline of projects by 2025;
  • Doubling of adaptation finance accessed and mobilized by African countries by 2025 for their urgent priorities;
  • Implementation of at least one regional flagship programme in each of the 5 regions in Africa, addressing the critical sectors (and drivers) of the African economy: agriculture, water, disaster reduction, cities and local communities, coastal protection, health and biodiversity and ecosystems.

AAI’s Phased Approach: AAI is implemented through a phased approach to achieve transformative adaptation results for Africa in sync with global processes

PHASE 1

(2015 — 2016)

A political mandate from African Heads of State and Government and endorsement from all 54 African countries was given.
The AAI was launched at COP 21 in Paris.
Two Technical Working Group meetings were held.

This phase of the AAI has been successfully achieved.

PHASE 2

(2017 — 2020)

The AAI will play a facilitative role, working with partners to scale up and replicate adaptation action and approaches to address loss and damage. This phase will begin with facilitating support to African countries to develop and implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) through a partnership with UNDP.
AAI will develop a yearly report to map on-going initiatives on adaptation and addressing loss and damage and assesses progress towards meeting its objectives.

PHASE 3

(2020 — 2030)

The AAI will continue to work with partners to facilitate the scaling up and replicating of adaptation action and approaches to address loss and damage. Additional flagship programmes will be developed and additional resources will be mobilised.

Areas Of Focus

The AAI aims to work with partners to facilitate access to support and implement activities in four key areas.

Pillar 1: Enhancing climate information services

Goal: All African countries have climate information services adequate in quantity and quality to support decision making.

Pillar 2: Strengthening policies and institutions

Goal: Stronger continental, regional, and national institutional and policy frameworks to support decision making on adaptation and loss and damage in Africa.

Pillar 3: Enhancing on the ground action

Goal: Significantly increase the number of projects and programs being implemented to enhance adaptation and address loss and damage in Africa.

Pillar 4: Climate finance and investments

Goal: Increase access to funding and mobilise additional support to enable the implementation of adaptation actions and approaches to address loss and damage.

DELIVERY MODEL

The AAI is an African-led initiative which is strongly rooted in existing African institutions.

The proposed delivery model is described below.

Political guidance: Political leadership to guide AAI will be provided by CAHOSCC and AMCEN.

Steering Committee: A steering committee comprising of the AMCEN bureau and chair of the AGN.

Technical Support Unit: The day-to-day operationalisation of the AAI will be coordinated by the TSU.

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Publications

ENHANCING ACTION ON ADAPTATION AND ADDRESSING LOSS AND DAMAGE IN AFRICA.

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Newsroom

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Nov 21

The African Adaptation Initiative (AAI) Champion calls for a “Marshall Plan for climate” at the Cop26 World Leaders Summit

During the World Leaders Summit (1-2 November 2021) at the 26th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), His Excellency Ali BONGO ONDIMBA, President of the Gabonese Republic, Champion of the African Adaptation Initiative (AAI) highlighted how Gabon is committed to being one of the most carbon-positive country in the world and called on countries that contribute the most to global greenhouse gas emissions to increase their ambitions in line with the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal.

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Apr 21

Leaders’ Dialogue on Africa COVID-Climate Emergency

The Leaders’ Dialogue on the Africa Covid-Climate Emergency is being convened on 6 April 2021 by the African Development Bank and GCA, in close collaboration with the United Nations and Africa Adaptation Initiative. It brings together African Heads of States and Governments, bilateral partners, heads of international organizations and development agencies. The Dialogue serves as a platform to present Africa’s needs to the global community to scale up and speed up actions, financing and partnership.

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Mar 21

GCA signs Memorandum of Understanding with African Adaptation Initiative

The African Adaptation Initiative and GCA consolidated their partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to support African leadership to accelerate climate change adaptation across the continent.

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Oct 20

Africa lines up partners and leads the region in accelerating climate adaptation

European Union, African Union Commission, The AAI Chair from the Gabonese Republic, UNDP and other partners voice strong commitment to drive enhanced knowledge to scale-up climate change adaptation in Africa in the first Strategic Advisory Committee meeting of the Africa Adaptation Initiative

Contact

Currently, the Africa Adaptation Initiative is seeking funding from African and international resource providers in the public and private sectors. This is to enable AAI to deliver its 2020-2025 strategy, to support African countries to achieve their adaptation and resilience objectives.
Would you like to learn more about how countries can access support from the Africa Adaptation Initiative? Do you need information on how to support AAI to achieve results for adaptation and resilience in Africa?
Please contact: Ambassador Seyni Nafo AAI Coordinator mimikaseyni@gmail.com

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    Pillar 1: Enhancing climate information services

    Goal: All African countries have climate information services adequate in quantity and quality to support decision making.

    Pillar 2: Strengthening policies and institutions

    Goal: Stronger continental, regional, and national institutional and policy frameworks to support decision making on adaptation and loss and damage in Africa.

    Pillar 3: Enhancing on the ground action

    Goal: Significantly increase the number of projects and programs being implemented to enhance adaptation and address loss and damage in Africa.

    Pillar 4: Climate finance and investments

    Goal: Increase access to funding and mobilise additional support to enable the implementation of adaptation actions and approaches to address loss and damage.

    Pillar 1: Enhancing climate information services

    Goal: All African countries have climate information services adequate in quantity and quality to support decision making.

    Pillar 2: Strengthening policies and institutions

    Goal: Stronger continental, regional, and national institutional and policy frameworks to support decision making on adaptation and loss and damage in Africa.

    Pillar 3: Enhancing on the ground action

    Goal: Significantly increase the number of projects and programs being implemented to enhance adaptation and address loss and damage in Africa.

    Pillar 4: Climate finance and investments

    Goal: Increase access to funding and mobilise additional support to enable the implementation of adaptation actions and approaches to address loss and damage.