Pro-poor climate-resilient development strategy formulated and adopted for achieving sustainable energy for all

Description

Supporting the formulation and adoption of pro-poor, climate-resilient strategy; climate change resilience, low carbon, energy, land use and coastal and marine management policies; supporting the integration of climate-resilient priorities and policies in development plans and processes; supporting the piloting of renewable energy and promote energy-efficient inititiatives and multifunctional platforms; supporting the revision of land use policy with special emphasis on women; and providing technical support to disaster risk reduction structures at decentralized levels.

Accomplishments

Fifty staff members from various institutions were capacitated on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) at the regional levels, laying the foundation for mainstreaming environmental concerns into the 2014 planning process and beyond, and eventually for the development of a national policy on SEA.

The 2003 biodiversity policy and Act was reviewed, approved, and the profile of Protected Areas (PAs), associated species and ecosystems lifted and recognized for the role they play in in climate mitigation, biodiversity protection, poverty reduction and creation of green jobs. A total of 2,700 tree seedlings were planted at different disaster prone areas in 4 regions, contributed to saving development gains through providing vegetative cover, climate mitigation, erosion and flood control functions.
 
To address the impacts of climate related disasters, the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) institutional framework (policy, Act, strategic plan) was reviewed and DRR and CCA considerations integrated into the regional and national planning process. Three national Peer Instructors for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction in Development (MADRiD) were supported and conducted a step down training for 35 key staff from relevant institutions on DRR and CCA mainstreaming in development planning. Capacities of 8 DRR and CCA rapid response teams built in 8 districts in West Coast Region. This enhanced their ability to prepare and respond to disasters in a timely manner. Two IUNVs for Disaster Management and Humanitarian response were recruited and are now supporting NDMA.

The Low Emission Climate Resilient Development Strategy (LECRDS) was developed and validated,  as a concrete step towards inclusive Green Economy (iGE) and inclusive Green Growth (iGG), provided  opportunities for involving the private sector and non-traditional development actors with human development remaining at the core.

Five Multi-Functional Facilities (MFPs) were installed in 5 different communities, tested and operational. For purposes of sustainability, 51 (10 men & 41 women) were trained on MFP electrical wiring, maintenance and operations. MFPs marked the beginning of providing sustainable energy to about 7,800 rural dweller, 70% being women. The 2005 draft energy policy and action plan has been reviewed, included Renewable Energy and SE4ALL considerations as drivers for iGE & iGG.  In a bid to promote the use of energy saving devices, 350 women in the Greater Banjul Area were sensitized and have started using improved cooking stove in in their localities.

Finances



UNDP is supporting the project with $1,140,000 while GEF, FAO and WFP jointly provide $500,000 to the total budget. As at 31st December, 2013, delivery was 99.63%

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