Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has said that complex modalities has hindered West Africa’s access to the global Green Climate Fund.

The minister made this known at the ECOWAS 3-day regional training workshop for accessing the Green Fund, in Abuja.

Mohammed said West African states access to the GCF remained minimal owing to convoluted access modalities, low institutional capacity to scale accreditation hurdles, non-access to instruction to understanding and aligning of the working relations of nation’s implementing entities, (with regards to GCF) with government’s project approval process.

The region’s access to the fund is further limited by inadequate knowledge of “the procurement and disbursement policy and processes of the fund, and issues of Environment Social Management,” added Mohammed.

For countries to access the GCF, they must establish certain mandatory structures and strategies, known as GCF Readiness. With a GCF Readiness Programme or Plan, countries are institutionally and strategically strengthened to plan the effective and efficient uses of the GCF.

Mohammed who earlier noted in her speech the advantageous nature of the GCF, which allows countries direct access to the $9.9bn Green Climate Fund, said Nigeria is pursuing its GCF Readiness Plan. The plan, she emphasized, “will detail relevant institutions for GCF processes, strategies for project development, and bankable projects”.

She applauded ECOWAS’ initiative to train West African countries to better harness the opportunities offered by the fund, saying that the knowledge will enable them finance both the adaptation and mitigation projects or programmes to reduce the region’s vulnerability to climate events, and increase climate resilience of the region.  

Speaking at the event, Head Division Environment, Policies and Regulations, Bougonou Djeri-Alassani, revealed that West Africa will benefit hugely from the GCF’s 50 percent focus on Adaptative measures, while the other 50 percent veers towards Mitigation measures.

“Among the 50 percent for adaptation, we have 50 coming to Africa, and among the 50 percent coming to Africa, we have 50 percent going to Least Developed Countries (LDCs). And in ECOWAS, we have 15 member states and at least 12 LDCs,” enthused Djeri-Alassani.



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