Building adaptive capacity and resilience of the forestry sector in Cape Verde

At a glance

2017-07-14 to 2021-06-13
Active programmes
Cape Verde
Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (MAA), Indirect management with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Total budget
5,00 M€
GCCA priority area(s)
GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
5,000,000.00 €

Specific objective

Component 1. Climate change risks and resilience are integrated into forestry policy frameworks, and adaptive institutional and individual capacity is strengthened for climate resilient forestry

Component 2. Desertification and land degradation is reduced in target islands via reforestation, re-naturalization of forested areas and strengthened gender responsive and participatory approach to forest resources management

Component 3. Knowledge and lessons learned are captured, analysed and disseminated


Component 1

Output 1.1 Each island (Santiago, Fogo and Boavista) has a gender responsive, climate resilient and sustainable forest management strategic plan, which are complemented with sustainable management plans partly implemented at forest level.

Output 1.2 Existing, national forestry and land management policy frameworks (National Forestry Action Plan (NFAP), and other planning tools as applicable) revised to integrate climate change risks and adaptation; while paying due attention to gender issues;

Output 1.3 Local and national government officials, and relevant NGOs members, trained (and training of trainers) on climate risk analysis, gender responsive adaptive policies and planning for climate change adaptation (including the forestry sector), and co-management of natural-forest resources;

Output 1.4 Establishment and implementation of a national and island-specific climate change forums (including forestry, integrated watershed management, coastal protection) to promote policy dialogue among government, civil society, women's networks and private sectors.

Component 2

Output 2.1: Structured and standardised systematic planning of forest reforestation and restoration interventions for efficient climate change adaptation and mitigation is applied in the target islands;

Output 2.2: Reforestation and restoration activities are implemented by women, men and youth local actors to increase forest cover's quality and quantity, and the availability of differentiated forest products;

Output 2.3: Climate resilient forestry and agro-forestry practices are demonstrated in various agro-ecological environments;

Output 2.4: Forestry fire control plans are elaborated and implemented at each target island;

Output 2.5: Gender responsive participatory approach to forest resource management is introduced and adopted at 6 pilot sites (4 in Santiago, 2 in Fogo).

Component 3

Output 3.1 Development of forestry-tailored climate early warning and information systems, and support to the existing environmental database (SIA) to include climate change data;

Output 3.2 Lessons learned and best practices are generated and shared between local communities, and national and regional stakeholders through appropriate mechanisms, including project website, newsletter, mobile messaging, etc.

Output 3.3 Project experience in forestry adaptation is transmitted to technical, policy and education institutions to incorporate knowledge generated in training materials, curricula, and policy programs


The expected results of the project include (i) the development of the framework and capacity-building for climate change adaptation policy in forest restoration and management at national and local levels, (ii) the reduction of desertification in Cape Verde through climate change adaptation activities through participatory forest management in the islands of Santiago, Boavista and Fogo, (iii) the creation and management of knowledge on climate resilient practices in Cape Verde.

These expected results clearly relate to the main priorities of the GCCA+ to integrate climate change into national development plans, to strengthen the resilience of communities to anticipated climate change threats and to create innovative and updated knowledge in various thematic areas.