The Climate Report 2017/18 - Page 43

The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) is a
dedicated climate centre within the ECA aimed at
integrating climate change into the structural
transformation agenda of the Commission in support
of its social and economic development mandate.
Combined with its ClimDev-Africa role, the ACPC
is the centre for knowledge generation and brokering
for climate resilient development policies in Africa
as framed in Figure 2.
collective efforts of these three key African
institutions to foster a common and coordinated
response to climate change throughout the continent.
It is largely perceived as Africa’s Climate Vision. In
this programme the African Climate Policy Centre
(ACPC) of the ECA serves as the secretariat to the
programme and is the analytical arm responsible for
generating knowledge and analytical inputs to
inform policy and investment; the AfDB, through
the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF)
demonstrates return on investments in climate
information to optimise new investments in climate
information services; and the AUC, through its
Climate Change and Desertification Unit (CCDU),
enables policy formulation and uptake at the highest
With some climate modelling work indicating that a
temperature increase of 2oC by 2050 is going to be
already catastrophic for Africa with a possible loss
4.7% of GNP, (most of which will result from losses
from the agricultural sector) the question is: what
does a 2 °C temperature increase mean for Africa?
Does the Paris Agreement provide the framework to
turn climate change challenges into development
opportunities in Africa? How can NDCs be used as
effective tools for ‘mainstreaming’ climate change
into development planning?
The ClimDev-Africa programme was launched in
2011 and has since been support financially by the
European Union, the UK Department for
International Development (DFID), Norway, the
Nordic Development Fund, Sweden and the United
States Agency for International Development
(USAID). The programme is now beginning its
second phase and mobilizing partnerships for
effective implementation to support African
countries with climate resilient development
planning and implementation.
It is well understood that Africa has contributed to
less than 3% of overall greenhouse gases, but, with
fewer resources to adapt to rising temperatures, the
continent is already being severely impacted and
stands to lose the most from the adverse impacts of
climate change. Urgent measures are needed to


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