LDCF - Ethiopia - Promoting Autonomous Adaptation at the Community Level

May 5, 2010

GEF Agency: UNDP
Executing Agency: Federal Environment Protection Agency, Addis Ababa Environment Protection Agency
LDCF Grant: $5,307,885
Co-financing: $22,650,000

Climate change is already seriously affecting the security of Ethiopia’s sustainable development and the livelihoods of the majority of the population. The country is extremely sensitive to climate-related shocks, including drought and flooding. Moreover, climate change threatens to exacerbate the impacts of the over or mis-use of Ethiopia’s environmental resources, with concomitant impacts on the country’s environmental, food, water, and energy securities. Without intervention, the impacts of the changed rainfall patterns and increased temperatures in Ethiopia will exceed the capacity of regional and local planning institutions to respond in a way that ensures their local communities can adapt and reduce their dependence one external support.

Thus, this project aims to be a catalyst for promoting national action in Ethiopia that builds the resilience of local communities and their capacity to innovate and manage climate change opportunities and risks. Thus, the communities themselves—including both men and women—can tailor adaptation technologies and techniques to their own needs.

The project will promote the positive impact of bringing together climate change adaptation techniques and technologies through an area-based integrated planning and implementation process on local communities. Also, this project will enhance the capacity of national agencies that generate the information and local planners and farmers expected to use this information in a way that improves effective role of early-warning information in risk reducing livelihood decision-making. The implementation will be carried out in the hopes of achieving four specific outcomes: 1) strengthened institutional capacities, 2) access to appropriate technologies, 3) climate risk reduction, and 4) learning and scaling-up of adaptation efforts.