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Accra – Climate Risk Assessment and Institutional Scoping

Submitted by Ase Johannessen 24th April 2022 19:35
Jamestown in Accra Ghana

Jamestown in Accra Ghana remain fishing communities inhabited primarily by the Ga. Although in a state of decay, the districts are significant in the history of Accra (Source: Wikipedia).


GCA's City Adaptation Accelerator (CAA) is carrying out a Climate Risk Assessment and Institutional Scoping in Accra, Ghana. Work is ongoing and the results will be published here. 

The development objective of the City Adaptation Accelerator (CAA) is to support cities and countries strengthen their urban climate adaptation and resilience outcomes through enhanced (1) understanding; (2) planning; (3) investments; and (4) governance and capacity building. The initiative’s scope is global.

In addition, all activities will adhere to four cross-cutting criteria: (A) scalability; (B) locally-led action and equity; (C) partnership; and (D) urban dialogue.

For the CAA program, improved urban climate adaptation and resilience outcomes are characterized by: 

  1. strengthened urban climate risk management[1] in cities and their hinterlands;
  2. improved climate adaptive spatial planning[2] at the municipal and regional levels;
  3. enhanced water resources management for more equitable access to ecosystem benefits;
  4. enhanced resilience, consistency, inclusiveness and integration of urban drinking water, sanitation and solid waste management services; and,
  5. improved urban livability and public health from climate risks stemming from heat stress and disease.

GCA’s City Adaptation Accelerator (CAA) will partner with national and local governments to accelerate and scale high-impact climate adaptation and resilience building efforts in cities. Technical, institutional and financial support and partnerships are urgently needed to enhance the feasibility and effectiveness of urban climate adaptation solutions that span physical, natural and social infrastructure.

As a programmatic approach, CAA will flexibly deploy a suite of decision-support tools as well as technical and financial advisory services on a demand basis – enabling cities to address climate-related urban challenges identified as the biggest impediments to long-term development. CAA will work across multiple fronts from hard investments (i.e. infrastructure), development policy (i.e. legislation, regulation) and service delivery (both formal and informal) – bringing together a diverse swath of actors ranging from national to municipal governments, local communities, international development organizations, multilateral development banks and the private sector. Climate mitigation efforts (i.e. CO2 emission reduction) are not included in this initiative; however, by pursuing green approaches (including Nature-based Solutions) to the greatest extent possible, a number of efforts will likely have significant climate co-benefits.

[1]     Common climate hazards include flood, drought, storms and fires. Risk management of these hazards will encompass the full cycle of (a) prevention, (b) mitigation, (c) protection, (d) emergency response and (e) recovery.

[2]     This will include elements related to erosion protection in coastal areas, along water bodies and in upstream catchments.


Hi! Is this work planned to be linked with, or build upon Accra's existing climate action plan (which includes climate adaptation, where the city did participatory risk and vulnerability assessments)?