Integrating adaptation issues into local planning and budgeting in Côte d’Ivoire

Article du 9 October 2022

Context and challenges of this study

With intense heavy rains flooding homes and fields, and long droughts burning cocoa orchards, climate change resilience in Côte d’Ivoire is a top priority. This is reflected in the climate targets set by Côte d’Ivoire: its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) has set out major actions to reduce the vulnerability of agriculture, forestry, citizens’ health, water resources and the Ivorian coastline. A budget of 12 billion US dollars will be mobilized by 2030 to achieve these objectives.

Climate action is happening on the ground. For citizens, concrete actions of adaptation are manifested by :

  • Trees in cities to reduce heat spikes and promote rainwater infiltration;
  • The adoption of agroforestry systems that are more resilient than monoculture;
  • Disseminating climate information to fishermen before they go to sea to avoid taking risks during heavy swells, etc.

This is why the support of field actors and local authorities (municipalities, regions) is essential to implement adaptation measures. The Ivorian government and the French Development Agency (AFD) have asked Baastel in partnership with Kinomé to support 4 Ivorian local authorities in integrating adaptation issues in local planning and budgeting.

How to set climate objectives in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) ? 

Kinomé has been working for 8 years in Côte d’Ivoire on sustainable agriculture and forestry, and climate change issues. We have accompanied the government to establish its climate objectives in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), and to build its investment plan to implement it. We have trained about 100 executives in resilience. Our in-depth knowledge of the country and the actors was decisive.

Kinomé has implemented an innovative approach which consists in training and coaching a group of Ivorian experts (managers and young people) who have carried out the diagnosis of the vulnerability of the territories, identified with the local authorities the adaptation measures, integrated these measures in their investment programs. These experts have thus developed their skills, practiced them while delivering quality work.

On Wednesday October 05, 2022, Kinomé animated a restitution workshop of the feasibility and vulnerability study to integrate adaptation issues in local planning and budgeting within these 4 Ivorian territorial communities, with the support of the firm Basteel.

Testimonials and feedback on implementation from Ivorian experts

“We appreciated your support, both technical and human. We have grown thanks to this experience.

“By doing the work ourselves and with your support, we gained confidence in ourselves. We have experienced the impact of daily change in the field. This way of doing things is very beneficial, it gives us the skills and confidence to act.

The challenge now is to mobilize investments to finance these adaptation measures, and to extend this support to all local authorities in Côte d’Ivoire.