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Ghana National Climate Change Policy Action Programme for Implementation: 2015–2020

Ghana’s National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) put's into place robust measures needed to address most, if not all, of the challenges posed by climate change and climate vulnerability.
Wiesje Korf


Climate change is a global challenge that requires a concerted effort by all nations to address its causes and effects. Ghana’s integrated response to climate change is the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP), which provides a clearly defined pathway for dealing with the challenges of climate change. The Policy takes account of the current socioeconomic context of Ghana and incorporates the opportunities and benefits of a green economy.

The National Climate Change Policy addresses the four major areas of concern related to climate change and climate variability in Ghana:

  1. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions and loss of carbon sinks;
  2. Increasing temperatures;
  3. Rainfall variability leading to extreme and unpredictable events; and
  4. Sea-level rise.

The NCCP process further identified ten Policy Focus Areas for addressing Ghana’s climate change challenges and opportunities. Each of these areas has a number of specific programmes for addressing the critical actions necessary to achieve the desired objectives. The Policy Focus Areas are:

  1. Develop climate-resilient agriculture and food security systems;
  2. Build climate-resilient infrastructure;
  3. Increase resilience of vulnerable communities to climate-related risks;
  4. Increase carbon sinks;
  5. Improve management and resilience of terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems;
  6. Address the impact of climate change on human health;
  7. Minimize the impact of climate change on access to water and sanitation;
  8. Address gender issues in climate change;
  9. Address climate change and migration; and
  10. Minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

The NCCP Action Programme for Implementation* includes the details of initiatives and programmes to achieve the objectives of each Policy Focus Area. It details the mainstreaming process; the estimated costing for each sector and monitoring and evaluation; and outlines financing mechanisms and strategies for effective implementation. It will serve as a guide to future national development planning framework to ensure that Ghana has a climate resilient economy to ensure low carbon development.

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