UNDP, GEF Project to Advance SDGs, Climate Goals in Guinea Through Improved Monitoring
Peter Luethi, Biovision Foundation
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The project will install more than 100 meteorological and hydrological stations, and data captured will feed into information and forecasts to inform policymakers, government officials and farmers.

The project will feed into national and global priorities, including Guinea’s intended Nationally Determined Contribution.

The GEF’s LDCF and the UNDP are providing USD 5.35 million for the project.

14 August 2019: The Government of Guinea has launched a project to strengthen climate monitoring capacity, early warning systems, and information for responding to climate shocks and adaptation planning. The project will contribute to, among others, SDGs 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 5 (gender equality), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action) and 15 (life on land).

The project will install more than 100 meteorological and hydrological stations, and data captured will feed into information and forecasts to inform policymakers, government officials and farmers. In addition, the project will train national service managers and officers to: gather and analyze the data; model and produce quality climate information products; and process and archive data. More than 80% of the country’s population are expected to benefit from improved monitoring and response capacities.

The project will also integrate adaptation into the policies, planning and budgeting of climate-sensitive sectors, including agriculture, livestock, water, and coastal and forestry areas, and involve women and girls, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other beneficiary communities.

The project consists of two components. The technology transfer for monitoring climate and environmental infrastructure component aims to strengthen the capacities of national hydrometeorological departments in monitoring extreme weather phenomena and climate change. Outputs include, among others, establishing a centralized national climate data and hazard information center and knowledge management system. The second component involves integrating climate information, early warning and climate adaptation products into development plans, with the aim of ensuring that climate products and services are accessible and used efficiently and effectively to produce warnings for producers of medium- and long-term climate-resilient development plans. Outputs include, among others: risk profiles and maps for, inter alia, extreme weather events and diseases; a multi-hazard early warning system; and a financial sustainability strategy for the early warning system.

The four-year project (2019-2023) will feed into national and global priorities, including Guinea’s National Economic and Social Development Plan 2016-2020, Vision Guinée 2040, Guinea’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (2007) and the country’s 2015 intended Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Transport through the National Directorate of Meteorology, with USD 5.35 million from the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). [UNDP Press Release] [UNDP Project Page] [GEF Project Page]

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