Enhancing the Capacity of African Countries to Use Climate Information to Inform Decision-Making

The ACDI is leading the development of a Climate Information Project, which was designed in response to a call by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to develop a set of updated climate change assessments for 25 African countries. The purpose of these climate change assessments is to support improved decision-making within AfDB by integrating considerations of climate change, including country-specific priorities for climate change mitigation and adaptation, into the design and risk management strategies of future projects in Africa. In addition to supporting improved integration of climate change into the Bank's ongoing activities, the climate change assessments will be publicly available for use by other stakeholders - inter alia government, academic researchers and project developers - to guide the development of Country Strategy Papers, sectoral policies, analytical work and project-level decision-making. The ACDI will lead an inter-disciplinary team of experts in the fields of climate change vulnerability analysis, modelling and analysis of climate systems, and quantification of greenhouse gas emissions. Project partners include representatives of UCT’s Climate Systems Analysis Group and the Energy Research Centre, respectively, as well as private consultants from the Cirrus Group.