“Covid-19 is a wake-up call’: Ghana to develop national plan for climate adaptation
unenvironment.org – July 2, 2020
The Government of Ghana has launched the process to develop a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in efforts to build nationwide resilience to climate change impacts.
The project is the first of its kind in Ghana to use future climate projections to plan over large timescales, up to the year 2080.
The NAP process seeks to reduce vulnerability to the negative impacts of climate change by strategically planning to build resilience, especially in developing countries.
NAPs are widely viewed as one of the most important mechanisms for climate adaptation.
At the official launch event in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, on the 30 June, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, said:
“The National Adaptation Planning” (NAP) process is one of the efforts by the Government of Ghana to address climate change impacts from a more integrated, coordinated and sustainable manner.
It is imperative for the developing world to plan their development with climate change in mind.”
A key aspect of Ghana’s NAP process is to develop temperature and rainfall scenarios up to 60 years into the future.
These climate projections, combined with climate-vulnerability assessments for different sectors, can then be used to plan and guide government decisions, whether it’s investment decisions, changes to regulatory and fiscal frameworks or public awareness, so that the country can take timely action to reduce exposure and sensitivity to climate risks.
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Ghana’s government will aim to use this NAP process to ‘build back better’, ensuring that post-COVID-19 recovery investments and stimulus packages are ‘climate-proof’ – i.e., resilient to the extreme weather events projected in the coming decades.