Benin Coordination Workshop

8 March 2016


Hotel Azalai de la Plage
Cotonou, Benin


Benin Coordination Workshop
Benin Coordination Workshop

The Green Climate Fund is a financial mechanism created in 2010 at COP in Cancun (COP 16), which aims to achieve the transfer of funds from developed countries to developing countries. It has been operational since January 2015. In order to access GCF resources, countries must have the capacity to propose projects to fight against climate change and be able to manage them effectively.

The GCF Readiness programme supports readiness activities across the world, helping to build institutional capacity and drive climate resilient investment to developing countries. It is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), and fully funded by the Federal Republic of Germany through the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Benin is particularly vulnerable to climate change. There has been a rise in temperature of 1.1°C since 1960, decreased rainfall in places and an increase in others, and a decrease of agricultural yields from 3% to 18%. The Government of Benin has initiated several reforms in recent years, including the creation of the Ministry for the Environment and Climate Change with a Directorate General of Climate Change, the National Committee on Climate Change (CNCC),  and the National Fund for the Environment and Climate (FNEC) to manage the Adaptation Fund. Benin has prepared and adopted many other strategy documents and programs to enhance resilience to climate change and contribute to international efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Nonetheless, successful implementation of these strategies and programs requires funding on a scale beyond the internal capabilities of Benin.

Financing projects and programs to address climate change is a major challenge for LDCs like Benin. The Benin Coordination Workshop was lead by Benin's Minister in charge of climate change, Theophilus C. Worou. Mr. Worou welcomed the fact that Benin was chosen along with eight other countries (Colombia, El Salvador, Ghana, Fiji, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Kenya and the Philippines) to benefit from this program. The programme aims to support Benin access GCF funding, and work with Beninese institutions to identify and prepare climate resilent projects. 

Gilbert Poumangué,  UNDP's Deputy Resident Representative thanked the German government for its confidence in UNDP and UNEP and for supporting the Government of Benin with the formulation and implemention the project. The Director General of Climate Change, Djibril Ibila presented the programme's activities, formulated on the basis of specific needs identified by national stakeholders. Fve main results are expected: (i) Increased ability on part of national institutions to access climate finance; (ii) Increased awareness on the part of key actors about the issues of climate change and the need to integrate them into national planning and budgeting; (iii) Strengthening of the political, policy and regulatory frameworks on climate change, and their integration in development policies, strategies and budgets; (iv) Strengthening of the capacity of governmental and non-governmental to prepare, evaluate and monitor projects; (v) Strengthening of national decision-making tools.

The workshop was attended by experts from UNEP and UNDP, executives of various ministries (environment, energy, agriculture, economy and finance), and representatives of banks and local stakeholders.