Reducing the impact of climate change on the availability of water and land resources (ACCES)

Project description

Title: Reducing the impact of climate change on the availability of water and land resources (ACCES)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Burundi
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Water, Environment, Land and Urban Planning (MEEATU); Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MINAGRIE)
Overall term: 2013 to 2018

Context

The population of Burundi’s heavy dependence on agriculture and the country’s natural resources have rendered nationwide poverty, recurrent food bottlenecks and famine endemic. Land pressure, the inappropriate management of soil and water resources, for example on steep slopes, and the overexploitation of forest resources are just some of the factors responsible for the destruction of the country’s ecosystems and the erosion of its soil and water resources. The impacts of climate change are exacerbating these environmental problems and thus endangering the country’s socio-economic development.

Objective

Strategies and instruments are applied to reduce the vulnerability of Burundi’s rural population to the negative impacts of climate change.

Approach

The Special Energy and Climate Fund finances the project as a contribution to international climate and environmental protection. ACCES is part of Burundi-German cooperation in the priority area Water and the project helps increase resilience to the negative impacts of climate change by:

  • Mainstreaming climate change and adaptation, i.e. incorporating these topics into all decisions at all societal levels
  • Implementing adaptation measures in particularly vulnerable water catchment areas
  • Supporting the implementation of a nationwide early warning system

The project supports decision-makers and institutions from relevant sectors at national, provincial and local level in integrating climate change adaptation measures into their strategies and investment plans and implementing them as part of a climate-sensitive policy. It empowers local user groups, local authorities and state services in selected water catchment areas in particularly vulnerable regions to draw up and implement their own plans, and to manage and monitor adaptation measures. The priority here is on ensuring that resources are managed sustainably and climate-sensitively within the scope of land use planning.

Together with other donors, an early warning system will be put in place to assist the institutions responsible in disseminating seasonal weather forecasts as well as warnings about extreme weather events nationwide.