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 was recently extended to 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


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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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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.

During the initial phase, stocktakings about the scientific knowledge and integration of climate change in policies and strategies for the vulnerable sectors in Benin and Senegal were undertaken. Three priority sectors for the vulnerability studies were determined in each country. The methodology for the in-depth vulnerability studies were developed and adopted and these six studies are currently being launched. Impacts chains will be developed to evaluate the future vulnerability and will allow to identify adaptation options.

Three research groups have been formed both in Benin and Senegal 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 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:

  • Two Sub-Saharan African countries involved (Benin and Senegal), and a recent extension to a third one (Burkina Faso)
  • Six vulnerability studies launched in Benin and Senegal
  • Six research groups formed in Benin and Senegal
  • More than 40 scientific institutions and 60 scientists involved

…and where we are headed

In the months ahead, we look forward to:

June – July 2018
Intermediate results workshops of the vulnerability studies in Benin and Senegal

August – October 2018
Final results workshops of the vulnerability studies in Benin and Senegal