The NAP Global Network worked with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) in Ghana from 2018 to 2020 to support the planning and implementation of the country’s NAP processes. In 2021, we launched a new support program to assist Ghana in developing a monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) system to track the progress of its NAP process.
We helped the country build political support for the NAP process among decision-makers at the national and sub-national levels. Our goal was to increase the integration of climate change adaptation into the country’s medium- and long-term development plans.
We also helped to strengthen the resilience of energy, water, and transportation infrastructures to the impacts of climate change through the development of a sector-focused adaptation strategy and a corresponding 5- to 10-year investment plan. In addition, we worked to engage the private sector in climate adaptation initiatives by creating an engagement strategy that identified key stakeholders and recommendations on strategic alliances.
In 2020, we supported Ghana in developing a strategy for integrating gender considerations into the country’s NAP process. A summary brief was published with an overview of the approach to effectively mainstream gender issues throughout the main activities of the NAP process.
Developed with our support, Ghana’s Adaptation Communication (Adcom) was submitted to the UNFCCC in November 2021, raising the profile of the adaptation progress achieved and acknowledging existing gaps and the need to consolidate the adaptation gains going forward. Currently, we are helping Ghana conduct a series of district-level climate vulnerability assessments to inform the forthcoming MEL system, as well as to strengthen vertical integration across government agencies at all levels.
- District-level vulnerability assessments: The Government of Ghana kicked off a series of district-specific climate change vulnerability assessments across the country to better understand the impacts of the changing climate at the local level.
- Peer Learning Summit | Gender-responsive NAP Processes: Representatives from the Ghanaian government took part in this 3-day event in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The goal was to share lessons and experiences on promoting gender equality through climate change adaptation.
- Submission of the Adaptation Communication (AdCom) to the UNFCCC: Presented an overview of the adaptation progress achieved and acknowledged existing gaps and the need to consolidate adaptation gains going forward. The AdCom was developed through short-term assistance from the NAP Global Network's Country Support Hub.
- Integrating Gender Considerations Into Ghana's National Adaptation Plan Process: Provided a strategy for the effective integration of gender considerations throughout the main activities of Ghana's NAP process. Ghana has committed to developing a fully gender-integrated NAP that clearly describes women’s and men’s different climate vulnerabilities, as well as a roadmap of actions to address them. This strategy was developed through short-term assistance from the NAP Global Network's Country Support Hub.
- Private Sector Engagement Strategy: Provided the government with the knowledge, tools and strategy needed to engage the country's private sector in the NAP process, with a particular focus on agriculture, financial services, construction, mining, and micro, small, and medium-sided enterprises.
- Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan for the Infrastructure Sector: Established key adaptation strategies to strengthen the resilience of Ghana's water, energy, and transportation infrastructures to the impacts of climate change.
- Peer Learning Summit | Engaging the Private Sector in NAP Processes: Supported the participation of Ghana's NAP team at this event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which aimed to discuss how developing country governments can engage businesses and investors in the development and implementation of their NAP processes.
- National and sub-national workshops: Introduced the NAP Framework and process to key decision-makers, including parliamentarians and district chiefs, and kicked off the process of building considerable political support and momentum for the NAP.
- Ghana's NAP Framework: Established a vision for Ghana's NAP process, including the guiding principles, approach, and structures that will drive the NAP process forward.