IMDC was recently appointed by the World Bank and the Nordic Development Fund for the study “Cost of Coastal Environmental Degradation, Multi Hazard Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis” within the West Africa Coastal Area Adaptation technical assistance project. This study will provide a framework in order to study and quantify the coastal erosion and flood risk, identify and rank hotspots along the coast in terms of hazards and vulnerability, quantify the cost of coastal environmental degradation, and compare possible Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation measures in a Cost Benefit Analysis.
IMDC will apply this new framework to select hotspots and develop strategic investment plans for four pilot locations in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Ivory coast.

This project is part of the World Bank WACA program (West Africa Coastal Areas Program). WACA will help countries integrate infrastructure and natural resources management in order to enhance their resilience to climate change. The program was established in 2015 in response to requests from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mauritania, and Togo to manage coastal erosion and flooding, promote climate-resilient coastal management and improve livelihoods West Africa’s coastal communities.

The program provides technical assistance to determine the factors that threaten people, ecosystems, and economic assets along the coast. It also offers multi-sectoral solutions such as land management and spatial planning, infrastructure, natural habitat management, and pollution management.
Interventions are organized into three pillars: Strategic investment planning; Knowledge, information, and capacity building; and country and regional engagement and resource mobilization.

IMDC also presented this study during the official launch workshop for the West Africa coastal area erosion and adaptation project on October 19-21, 2016, which was organized by the West Africa Coastal Areas (WACA) team, in partnership with WAEMU/ IUCN/ NDF, and with the participation of high-level delegates from several countries and key regional, technical and financial partners.



Worldbank WACA program : http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/environment/brief/west-africa-coastal-areas

Inception workshop : http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2016/10/17/erosion-and-adaptation-project-in-west-africa-coastal-area

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