Adapting to climate change

Project description

Title: Supporting the implementation of the National Adaptation Plan in Algeria
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Algeria
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Water Resources and the Environment (MREE)
Overall term: 2014 to 2017

Context

Climate change is having an ever greater impact on Algeria. This is particularly true in the north of the country, where most of the population, as well as major areas of agricultural production and industry are concentrated along a narrow strip of coastline. The country is experiencing a rise in average temperature and in the number of extreme weather events such as droughts, heavy rainfall and storms. Algeria has adopted several climate-related strategies and programmes. However, in individual sectors such as agriculture, climate change is still not taken adequately into account at the policy level.

Objective

The significance of climate change is reflected in relevant sector policies and development plans at national and local levels in Algeria. The staff of the Ministry of Water Resources and the Environment is better qualified to perform their duties related to climate change, and the general public is now better aware of important climate protection measures.

Approach

The programme is carrying out the following activities:

  • integration of climate change as an aspect of sector policies and development planning
  • local level pilot projects on climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • creation of a pool of experts from various ministries, the private sector, academia and civil society
  • public awareness raising on the topic of climate change.