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West Africa @COP22

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COP22 opened its doors on 7 November in Marrakech. West Africa is making its voice heard, notably during a side event organised by CILSS, ECOWAS and the International Organisation of La Francophonie which attracted a lot of interest. Some 300 participants attended a debate about the opportunities and challenges of implementing the “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions,” (INDCs) in West Africa. Following a reminder of the Paris Agreement’s general framework for INDCs and the implications for West African countries, the debaters shared some lessons learned from Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal to illustrate how countries can integrate the INDC framework into national-level policies and programmes. It remains difficult for many West African countries to integrate INDCs into their planning and budgeting processes, and the countries say they need support in order to make the INDCs operational. Regional organisations in West Africa such as ECOWAS and CILSS, are committed to supporting their member states as they go through this process. In addition, they are implementing regional programmes, with the support of partners, to help the most vulnerable populations become more resilient. An overview of CILSS’s achievements in the fight against climate change is available in a special COP22 bulletin.

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CILSS special bulletin: http://www.cilss.bf/IMG/pdf/bulletin_CC_CILSS2016.pdf

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