Climate Adaptation: Risk Management and Resilience Optimisation for Vulnerable Road Access in Africa

Climate in Africa is changing and the most immediate impact is from extreme climate events such as drought, floods, storms and cyclones. Knowledge on how this will adversely affect African Governments' roads and transport is weak and there is no common guidance on how to best deal with climate effects at present and in the coming years.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of this regional project being carried out by a consortium led by South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is to promote climate-resilient rural access in Africa through research and knowledge-sharing within and between the participating countries.  The purpose is as follows: 

  1. Delivery of a research programme on activities relevant to climate adaptation and resilience strategies to enable national governments to take both short and longer term, policy-making action;

  2. Development of an appreciation and awareness within African Road and Transport ministries, departments and agencies of current and future challenges associated with the effects of climate change on rural access, and an increased ability to deal with more unpredictable and extreme climate effects;

  3. Trial and optimise best cost-benefit and return-on-investment approaches to demonstrate optimal resilient rural access and minimal impact on national economic progress;

  4. Produce Climate Adaptation guidelines; and

  5. Implement a knowledge dissemination and capacity building programme.


Bridge washout, Ghana (Photo: St Helens Consulting)

Methodology and Phasing

Most AfCAP beneficiary countries have agreed to participate in this trans-African project and to participate in this 24-month programme. In the first eight months (Phase 1), Climate Adaptation Guidelines will be produced to initiate a sensitisation programme, linked to sharing of knowledge and capacity building.

Phase 1 of the project will concentrate on awareness and knowledge building, and Phase 2 on demonstrations, dissemination, capacity building and uptake. Training and capacity building will be important for:

  • Understanding the challenges;

  • Participation and knowledge sharing/exchange;

  • Agreeing on methodologies and programmes for implementation of climate adaptation;

  • Disseminating knowledge and experience.

The Project Team will ensure that there is a focus on uptake and subsequent embedment of outcomes. This will be aimed at a range of levels from informing national policies, through regional and district planning, down to practical guidance on adaptation delivery at rural road level.

The project runs from April 2016 till March 2018.

Beneficiaries and Partner Countries

The main beneficiaries of the AfCAP Regional Project on Climate Adaptation will be sub-Saharan African road and transport Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as regional institutions, NGOs, universities and research organisations, and particularly those based in AfCAP participating countries.

Three partner countries have been selected to participate in specific demonstration trials to optimise approaches and deliver climate and social resilience. These are: Ethiopia (Eastern Africa), Mozambique (Southern Africa) and Ghana (Western Africa). The selection process of the partner countries is described in the project’s Inception Report.


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Project Resources and Reports

Climate Adaptation: Inception Report, May 2016

Climate Adaptation: Briefing Note 1, May 2016

Climate Threats Report, July 2016

Climate Adaptation Options Report, September 2016

Climate Adaptation: Briefing Note 2, October 2016

Climate Adaptation: Briefing Note 3, October 2016

Climate Adaptation: Briefing Note 4, January 2017

Climate Adaptation: Recommendations for Phase 2, February 2017

Climate Adaptation: Workshop reports Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, March 2017

Climate Adaptation: Final Report for Phase 1, March 2017

External Resources

African Development Bank: Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), which aims to support African countries in their transition to a more climate-resilient and low-carbon mode of development.

World Bank: Climate Change and Africa: The World Bank's climate strategy aims to help sub-Saharan countries lessen climate change impacts and their effect on economic development.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): Africa Adaptation Gap Technical Report: Climate-change impacts, adaptation challenges and costs for Africa.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Concise report on Impacts of Climate Change on Life in Africa, i.e. biodiversity loss, agriculture, water supply, disease and human migration.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP): ACCFP supports African professionals, researchers, educators and graduate students to undertake activities that enhance their capacities for advancing and applying knowledge for climate change adaptation in Africa.

Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA): ACCRA aims for governments to support the resilience of citizens by adapting their decision-making and effectively implementing good decisions, and for civil society to support the increase in adaptive capcity of vulnerable people through their programmes, policies and processes.

Project team resources

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Project team details

Benoit Verhaeghe
Mike Head