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Objectives of the Partnership include:

 

  • To support harmonious bio-regional climate adaptation policy frameworks and increase coordination in adaptation action through integrated watershed dialogues structures and innovative cooperation platforms.

  • To develop and pilot test cross-basin and multilevel adaptation data sharing, uptake and learning platforms providing support for interactive advocacy and innovative cooperation.

  • To provide support for cross-basin adaptation finance readiness through a smart coordinated set of platforms aimed at advancing inter-basin adaptation schemes and best practices.

Bio-Regional Partnership for Adaptation to Climate Change - BIOPACC

A Bio-Regional approach to Integrated Watershed Management (IWM) provides a perfect platform for the achievement of target 6.5 of the SDG which states that “by 2030 implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate”. The Bio-Regional Partnership for Adaptation to Climate Change (BioPACC) seeks to establish a smart data driven partnership for aligning and supporting adaptation policy and policy actions with special focus on critical sub-catchments within three selected basins (Volta, Nile and Congo Basins).

 

The partnership is based on the concept of utilizing emerging “hard” and “soft” technology across SSA to generate, visualize and share climate adaptation data in order to advance interaction between adaptation policy frameworks in a bioregional context. This platform will construct a working framework for supporting innovative cooperation and coordinated adaptation actions across basins while facilitating multi-level climate resilience building among riparian countries, basin authorities and local communities. In the medium to long term, the aim is to support SDG readiness in SSA through improved adaptation policy responsiveness and inter-basin cooperation between and among climate adaptation hubs in SSA.

Partnership Framework

The proposed action seeks to establish a bio-regional policy working partnership among three major basins referred to as adaptation hubs. This partnership is expected to work within an eight-year Program of Action split into two 4-year phases. The partnership framework is structured to consist of established independent climate adaptation advisory board, coordinating partners, basin partners, satellite grassroots organisations and key constituent adaptation data facilitators. The partnership will also be powered by allied civil society organizations, satellite institutions, grassroots volunteers and activists who will be equipped with the capacity to share resources on climate adaptation in West, Central and East Africa.

The Hubs involves:

  • 3 Focal Intervention Zones (Congo Basins, Volta Basins, Nile Basins)

  • 6 Partner Organizations In West, Central And East Africa

  • 15 Satellite Institutions Including 5 Universities And Research Centres In West, Central And East Africa

  • 10 Communities Of Practice (CoPs) For Monitoring Forest Water And Ecosystem Services

  • 30 Climate Adaptation Networks In West, Central And East Africa

  • 2500 Local Communities In West, Central And East Africa

  • 200 Grassroots Associations In West, Central And East Africa