PAS-PNA - Science-based National Adaptation Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa

PAS-PNA stands for “Projet d’Appui Scientifique aux processus de Plans Nationaux d’Adaptation dans les pays francophones les moins avancés d’Afrique subsaharienne”, namely Support Project for Science-based National Adaptation Planning in francophone Sub-Sahara African Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It is funded by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in collaboration with Climate Analytics, from 2016 to 2019. This project supports francophone Sub-Sahara African LDCs in their National Adaptation Plan process (NAP). It currently runs in Benin, Senegal and Burkina Faso, where its main partners are the national ministries in charge of climate change. In each country, the project accompanies government and scientific actors in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the NAP process, and engages with wider stakeholders from civil society and the private sector. The main aims of the project are to strengthen national science-policy interfaces and increase the capacity and efficiency of science-based NAP formulation in Benin, Senegal, Burkina Faso and another 12 Sub-Saharan African LDCs.

Project Period
March 2016 – August 2019

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety BMUB

Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ

, Berlin, Germany
, Berlin, Germany
, Lomé, Togo
, Cotonou, Benin
, Dakar, Senegal
, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


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The project focuses on the following four components

  1. Strengthening national NAP governance processes
  2. Increasing national scientific capacity for the identification, planning and implementation of adaptation options and measures
  3. Increasing national capacity to access international funding for NAP priority areas
  4. Facilitating regional exchanges on NAP processes for francophone Sub-Saharan African LDCs

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Latest & Publications



Webinaire from March 14, 2019
Topic: “Renforcer l’interface science-politique pour faciliter l’élaboration de plans d’adaptation appropriés”
Recording Here – In French

Briefings (in French)



Sectorial Vulnerability Studies:

Publications (in French)



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Vulnerability Studies – In French :

Burkina Faso

Stocktakings – In French:

About component 2 implemented by Climate Analytics

Climate Analytics is responsible for component 2 which aims to improve the scientific capacity of various national actors for the planning of adaptation measures. More specifically, Climate Analytics accompanies national universities, research institutes and government agencies (so-called Climate Service Providers -CSPs) in conducting in-depth vulnerability studies and in identifying climate change adaptation priorities and measures. Science-based documents drafted jointly with the CSPs are submitted to policy-makers with the aim to increase the integration of scientific information into national policy formulation processes and more generally to support science-based decision-making in the region.

For each country, during the initial phase, stocktakings about the scientific knowledge and integration of climate change in policies and strategies for the vulnerable sectors are undertaken.

In Benin and Senegal, three priority sectors for the vulnerability studies were determined. Three research groups have been formed to conduct the vulnerability studies in the three specific sectors identified for each country. Each research group brings together the relevant scientific institutions for the sector (approximately 12 for each sector) and is supervised by a monitoring committee comprising policy-makers, local authorities, civil society and the private sector. The methodology for the in-depth vulnerability studies was developed and adopted, and these six studies are currently being conducted. Impact chains will be developed to evaluate the future vulnerability and will allow to identify adaptation options.

The purpose of this component is to integrate the scientific results into the NAP formulation. Once the project has been completed, the policy-makers and civil servants working for the government will be able to use the science-based information on climate change efficiently and the national scientific institutions involved will be able to conduct vulnerability studies autonomously to support NAP processes in the long term.

Timeline of component 2

Where we are now…

After over a year of project implementation, the following results were achieved:

  • Three Sub-Saharan African countries involved (Benin, Senegal and Burkina Faso)
  • In Benin and Senegal: six research groups are currently conducting six vulnerability studies and presented their intermediate results to the policy makers and scientific community in July and August 2018
  • In Burkina : the first technical workshop organized in October 2018 involved the national scientific community in the fields of economic development and water resources in Burkina Faso. This workshop let to the development of a methodology and the identification of the most appropriate databases and sources for the vulnerability studies.
  • More than 40 scientific institutions and 60 scientists involved

…and where we are headed

In the months ahead, we look forward to:

January – April 2019
Final results workshops on the vulnerability studies in Benin and Senegal and communication of the results

February 2019
Second technical workshop on the vulnerability studies in Burkina