Adaptation of West African Coastal Areas


Name of initiative Adaptation of West African Coastal Areas (WACA)
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
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Starting year 2015
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Secretariat Hosted by the World Bank who have assigned two experts to the project:; and;
Organisational structure WACA is based on collaborative arrangements between countries, donors, the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), and the multi-donor Africa Climate Investment Readiness Partnership Trust Fund. The World Bank Group is in dialogue with other partners and donors to join the effort.
Geographical coverage West Africa
Name of lead organisation World Bank
Type of lead organisation Financial institution
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America


Description WACA will help countries integrate infrastructure and natural resources management in order to enhance their resilience to climate change.

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.

Objectives (a) reduce coastal erosion hotspots by 30% by 2020 and by 70% by 2025, (b) protect 30% of the population in priority flooding areas by 2020 and 70% by 2025, (c) have a coastal information monitoring system operating in all participating countries by 2020.
Activities Interventions are organized into three pillars:

1. Strategic investment planning, including formulating and prioritizing key policies and sectoral investments to foster adaptation to climate change and build socioeconomic resilience 2. Knowledge, information, and capacity building, including multihazard vulnerability assessments in select urban areas, cost-benefit analyses of adaption options, and creating stronger information systems in national coastal areas 3. Country and regional engagement and resource mobilization, including analysis of stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities, political economy studies, and identifying funding and finance opportunities. The World Bank Group approved in April 2018 a package of $210 million in financing for a regional project to build the resilience of coastal communities in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal and Togo.

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Funding, Technical dialogue
Activity of initiative Financing, Knowledge dissemination and exchange
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Participants Number Names
Members 8  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 5 Benin,  Cote d'Ivoire,  Ghana,  Mauritania,  and Togo
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 2 West African Economic and Monetary Union WAEMU (Nigeria),  the multi-donor Africa Climate Investment Readiness Partnership Trust Fund (Ivory Coast)
Financial Institutions 1 World Bank Group (USA).
Other members 0
Supporting partners 1 Nordic Development Fund (Finland)
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 14 October 2019 08:35:24

Not only have national states as participators