Benin GCF Readiness Programme

Woman and children selecting trawl fish catch at beach, Grand-Popo, Mono Department, Benin. Credit: Hauke Dressler

Country Background

    Climate forecasts for Benin predict an increase in extreme rainfall and drought conditions as well as a more variable rainy season. With their economy largely based on rain-fed agriculture, these changing rainfall patterns put Benin’s agriculture sector at risk, with potentially negative economic impacts. Benin's mitigation potential is highest in the agriculture and energy sectors, being the largest contributors to total greenhouse gas emissions. 

    Benin has taken strides to fight the negative effects of climate change, through implementing climate change strategies into its national planning.  Much of the work to date has focused on adaptation, in particular combatting the adverse effects of climate change on agricultural production and food security. Benin has addressed its mitigation efforts in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution sumbission to the UNFCCC, in which the country proposes to cut emissions from land use and the forestry sector, mainly, as well as a smaller percentage from its energy sector. In addition,  Benin has several projects underway to promote renewable energy, and to regenerate forest growth, to mitigate potential emissions from projected development plans, particularly in the energy sector.  

    Overview of the National Readiness Plan

    Based on the needs and priorities of the country, the following work areas have been identified to increase Benin's capacity to effectively generate and use GCF funding :

    • Strengthen awareness of climate change among key actors, including the private sector
    • Develop and strengthen appropriate climate change policies, and integrate climate change into all relevant national and subnational policies
    • Develop and strengthen tools to aid decision-making, to allow for better coordination among current climate finance flows and project planning
    • Help national institutions to access finance from the Green Climate Fund
    • Increase capacity to prepare and evaluate climate-related projects for submission to the GCF

    In implementing these activities, the Programme works closely with the Ministère de l’Environnement Chargé de la Gestion des Changements Climatiques, du Reboisement et de la Protection des Ressources Naturelles et Forestières, as well as other public and private sector stakeholders.