Togo launches climate resilience project for its coastal populations

Wednesday, 21 September 2022 15:34
Togo launches climate resilience project for its coastal populations

(Togo First) - After being in the pipeline for nearly three years, the climate resilience project for Togolese coastal communities (R4C-Togo) was launched Tuesday, September 20. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) made the announcement the same day. The Global Environment Fund (GEF) backed the project with $8.9 million. 

The fruit of an agreement between the Togolese government and FAO, the project aims to make local coastal communities more resilient to climate change, through “an integrated approach focused on adaptation to best practices and innovative technologies in vulnerable ecosystems.” FAO will execute the project and GEF will fund it.

Making coastal populations more resilient to climate change will involve bolstering agriculture, forestry, and fishery, boosting their productivity and sustainability. It will involve increasing and improving the means of living of the populations concerned.

The R4C-Togo "will try to work with municipalities, helping them integrate climate change issues into their planning and budgeting," said Djiwa Oyétoundé, Program Officer at FAO-Togo, during the project’s conception.

Another project that is similar to the R4C-Togo is the WACA-Resip. The latter is backed, however, by the World Bank.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi 

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