Ghana: Report warns climate risks could cost Ghana’s transport sector $3.9 billion, but roadmap offers hope


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A new report (https://bit.ly/3IGhhrt) estimates that by 2050, climate hazards could cause $3.9 billion worth of damage to the transport sector in Ghana. But the report also offers a roadmap that could prevent the worst from happening. It also highlights the considerable efforts made by the government to counter climate risks.

The potential damage of $3.9 billion is triple the $1.3 billion investment made in the sector in 2019, according to the study. The research was led by the national Ministry of Science, Environment, Technology and Innovation, in partnership with the Global Center on Adaptation. It reflects efforts by the Government of Ghana to assess the threat that climate change poses to infrastructure. He also mentions the government’s efforts to prioritize adaptation investments to mitigate climate risks facing Ghana’s infrastructure in the energy, transport and water sectors.

“Ghana’s extreme weather and rapid climate change pose a profound risk to key sectors of Ghana’s socio-economic development. Infrastructure in these sectors is the foundation for the country’s economic growth and development,” said Dr Kwaku Afriyie, Ghana’s Minister of Science, Environment, Technology and Innovation, at the launch of the report. .

“Ghana: roadmap for climate-resilient infrastructure” (https://bit.ly/3DpvhoB) was carried out as part of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (https://bit.ly/3tFhdEb), a partnership of the African Development Bank Group and the Global Center on Adaptation, with support from the United Nations Office for Project Services, the United Nations Environment Program and the ‘Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford.

The report estimates that increasing drought is threatening the future energy availability of around a quarter of a million people in rural Ghana, due to dependence on firewood for domestic use. Similarly, climate risks threaten major components of power generation and transmission due to droughts and floods.

To avert a climate crisis, the national assessment offers 35 adaptation options for donors and investors to invest in Ghana’s future, proposing impactful, evidence-based adaptation projects and interventions favorable environments.

“Given that we know the climate crisis is evolving, these are very alarming statistics. But that’s not the whole story. For us at the Global Center on Adaptation, the real story of climate adaptation in Africa is a story of resilience, responsibility, solidarity, opportunity for a safer, greener and more prosperous continent. It is this story that is encapsulated in the roadmap we are launching today,” said Professor Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation.

The assessment provides a roadmap for addressing risks through targeted adaptation options in built and natural environments, including nature-based solutions. It also defines the institutional interventions needed to ensure the optimal effectiveness of adaptation measures in the country.

“This report will further enrich our dialogue and strengthen the overall impact of investing in resilient and green infrastructure that is critical to combating the adverse effects of climate change,” said Eyerusalem Fasika, Country Director of the African Development Bank in Ghana. . She said the report will inform the Bank’s next country strategy for Ghana.

Ghana has experienced severe droughts and floods over the past two decades, some of which have had severe economic and social repercussions. Projected impacts of climate change are likely to intensify pressure on the country’s existing dam infrastructure, leading to severe consequences for river runoff, which could affect over 1.3 million people, mostly women and children. , says the report.

“Climate impacts are expected to lead to increased investment in infrastructure, particularly water storage, flood defences, water supply and sanitation, but, in the long term, investment in the Adaptation will reduce the need for costly retrofits while reducing upfront costs,” said Anthony Nyong, Senior Regional Director for Africa at the Global Adaptation Center.

Please find photos of the launch here (https://bit.ly/3LgpiVy).

Distributed by APO Group for the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

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