Erosion and flooding are both critical threats that affect the coastal areas of West Africa, jeopardising both their economy and the safety of their inhabitants. The World Bank helps these countries deal with climate change.
Climate change, human activity and the morphological action of rivers and oceans are the reasons behind the changes to the landscape (coastline recession) and the frequent floods observed. These realities are likely to be exacerbated by the anticipated increases in temperatures and sea level and changing rainfall patterns.
The World Bank, through its West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) helps these countries to address these critical problems, taking into consideration the crosscutting impacts of climate change. The WACA Resilient Investment Project (WACA Res IP) is a multi-country regional project which aims to boost the resilience of communities and coastal assets in six West African countries: Benin, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Sao Tomé-et-Principe, Senegal and Togo.
Egis is assisting the World Bank in assessing the climate risks of four countries (Benin, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo) with the preparation of a preliminary study into the feasibility of adaptation options. It is then planned to appraise these options (technical study, cost-benefit analysis) and conduct a detailed analysis of the impacts of climate change on the preselected sites.
This preliminary feasibility study will also be used as supporting material in an application to the Green Climate Fund for $200 million of financial support.