Feasibility Study for Adapting Cities to Climate Change (Benin)

Facing growing urban development

Client : Ministry of sustainable development 
Financed by : Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Partners : Groupe Huit (Keran group)
Realisation : 2016-2017

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As part of the feasibility study of the PAVICC the following activities were carried out:

  • Phase 1 - Diagnostic assessment:
    - Institutional, operational and HR diagnostic
    - Integrated territory diagnostic
    - Investments programs assessment (sewerage, waste, urban development)
    - Collaborative workshop
  • Phase 2
    - Institutional framework and operational procedures
    - Identification of strategic and global urban planning requirements
    - Short term investments plan addressing climate change issues
    - Preparation study for river banks development projects
    - Define medium term investment program addressing climate change issue
    - Environmental and social framework and Resettlement framework
    - Identify capacity building needs to improve local governance and anticipate and better manage climate change's risks and impacts.
  • Phase 3
    - Financing plan
    - Preliminary studies
    - Environmental and social impact studies
    - Environmental and social management plan study
    - Resettlement action plan study
    - Capacity building program to improve local governance
    - Tender documents for urban planning

The principal objective of the Adapting Cities to Climate Change Program (PAVICC) is to plan for urbanization of four cities in Benin - Cotonou, Comé, Sèmè-Podji and Bohicon – integrating existing and future impacts of climate change.
Specifically, this program aims at:
▪ Adapting cities to climate change
The program proposes to provide cities with tools (particularly planning and infrastructure) able to adapt to climate change's effects (several negative impacts on socio-economic activities such fishing, agriculture and industry). The PAVICC seeks to "manage and mitigate the inevitable".
▪ Strengthening local and national actors' capacities
To help vulnerable urban territories to improve their resilience towards climatic hazards, it is essential that local and national actors seize this issue to develop a coherent national vision for the cities’ resilience which will be scheduled for operational implementation (i.e. sustainable cities planning and priority actions).
To achieve these two goals, the program intervenes on three elements: (i) urban planning, (ii) priority investments, (iii) improving local governance and capacities building.
The 58 billion euros program is implemented over 4 years.


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