Supporting Integrated and Comprehensive Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation in Africa – Tunisia
Leading Organization:United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:UNDP and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Developoment (Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable (MEDD) – Agence de Protection et d’Aménagement du Littoral (APAL)
Under its programme "Supporting Integrated and Comprehensive Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation in Africa", supported by the Government of Japan, UNDP aims to assist 21 countries across the African continent in incorporating climate change risks and opportunities into national development processes to secure development gains under a changing climate. The Programme helps countries establish an enabling environment and develop the capacity required at local and national levels to enable them to design, finance, implement, monitor and adjust long-term, integrated and cost-effective adaptation policies and plans that are robust within a wide range of possible changes in climate conditions. The Programme builds on a range of related disaster risk reduction and development opportunities. Furthermore, UNDP brings to bear the expertise of WFP, UNICEF, UNIDO and other UN agencies, to implement a number of programme activities at the national level. The Programme is also expected to lay the foundations for follow-up investments by the World Bank and other national, regional and multilateral financial institutions. Tunisia ranks 98 on the 2009 Human Development Report Index. Tunisia has signed and ratified the UNFCCC. Tunisia’s geographical location makes it more susceptible to the hazards associated with climate change. The climate in Tunisia’s is characterized by hot and dry summers, with rainy winters towards the north. The center of the country experiences high temperatures and modest rainfalls. The rest of the country remains arid with sparse rainfall and high temperatures. It is expected that sea levels will rise and continued coastal degradation/erosion will take place as a result of climate change.
To strengthen the resilience of development efforts in the face of climate change, particularly in coastal zone.
The following plan of action will be undertaken by the Tunisian government to address these changes:
Output 1: Dynamic, long-term planning mechanisms to manage the inherent uncertainties of climate change introduced.
- The climate change forecasting and monitoring function at national level is strengthened.
- Adaptation decision-making support tools are developed, with a particular focus on coastal zone management. This activity result is based on the expressed need for relevant guidance for the integration of climate information and risk assessment results into decision-making. The specific focus on coastal zone challenges (sea level rise and water stress) will determine the scope of climate change risk assessment methods and tools for adaptation decision-making.
- Scientific and technical capacity is reinforced to support adaptation decision-making in the context of coastal regions.
Output 2: Leadership capacities and institutional frameworks to manage climate change risks and opportunities in an integrated manner at the local and national levels strengthened.
Coordination and collaboration between decision-making bodies relevant to adaptation is enhanced.
Output 3: Climate-resilient policies and measures in priority sectors implemented.
- Adaptation issues are integrated into National Development and land use Planning.
- On-the ground adaptation responses are tested in coastal zones.
Output 4: Financing options to meet national adaptation costs at the local, national, sub-regional and regional levels expanded.
- Sustainable national financing mechanisms and sources are explored and introduced.
- Innovative financial sources and mechanisms are explored and introduced on a pilot basis.
Output 5: Knowledge on adjusting national development processes to fully incorporate climate change risks and opportunities generated and shared across all levels.
- Project results, lessons and good practices are documented and shared.
Develop and test national adaptation indicators for establishing a comprehensive M&E (Monitoring and Evaluation) framework for adaptation to monitor the progress in the framework of the project and beyond. The project in Tunisia has the following expected outcomes:
1. Dynamic, long-term planning mechanisms to cope with the inherent uncertainties of climate change introduced
2. Leadership and institutional frameworks to manage CC risks and opportunities in an integrated manner at the local and national levels strengthened
3. Climate-resilient policies and measures in priority sectors implemented
4. Financing options to meet national adaptation costs expanded at the local, national sub-regional and regional levels
5. Knowledge on the implications of climate change generated and shared among stakeholders at all levels
Ms. Keti Chachibaia Regional Technical Advisor Climate Change Adaptation Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Status:Under implementation