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The IGAD Climate Adaptation Strategy (2023-2030)
The IGAD region is currently facing enormous adaptation challenges and stands to bear the brunt of the most severe near-term climate change impacts. Informed by the findings and recommendations of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report, this Strategy highlighted the projected climate impacts to the region, which include increasing climate-induced shocks and stresses such as droughts, floods, sea level rise, desert locust infestation, storms and desertification, among other events. The effects of these hazards continuously result in the loss of lives and livelihoods, challenges health and wellbeing, impacts water and food systems, causes displacements and the destruction of ecosystems, properties, cultural assets and critical infrastructure and can and be a catalyst for social, economic, and political tensions, displacement and insecurity in the region. Women and girls, youth, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, stateless persons and displaced people, amongst other marginalised populations, are disproportionally impacted.
In response to these challenges, the IGAD Climate Adaptation Strategy (2023-2030) provides a framework for coordinated action to address climate risks and enhance the resilience and adaptive capacities of IGAD Member States. The Strategy provides a whole-of-society approach to resilience that sets near-, medium- and long- term targets that are realistic and achievable. This first-ever regional-wide adaptation Strategy displays the renewed commitment of IGAD to climate adaptation as a key development priority. It also presents an opportunity to chart a climate-resilient, participatory future for the IGAD region and envisions a future for the region that is climate-resilient, peaceful, prosperous and integrated, and where all people enjoy a high quality of life.
|IGAD Climate Adaptation Strategy 2023-2030