Combatting Climate Change in Togo (GCCA+ Togo)

At a glance

2018-10-01 to 2021-10-01
Active programmes
Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Office de Développement et d’Exploitation des Forêts (ODEF), Universities of Lomé and Kara
Total budget
10,00 M€
GCCA priority area(s)

The program responds to Togo's vulnerability to climate change. It contributes to the resolution of the problem of deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, which is one of the main problems in Togo, improves the integration of climate change into national strategies and public policies and strengthens the capacities of the main actors in the fight against climate change.


Togo, like most West African countries, is confronted with the phenomenon of climate change, as well as many environmental problems, and is listed among the most climate vulnerable countries in the world. According to the JRC Vulnerability Index, Togo has the highest score of all countries considered for the GCCA target.

The physical environment, climate variability and its effects on ecosystems and populations are described in several policy documents. The analysis of these documents shows that the sectors most affected are energy, water resources, agriculture, forestry and land use, human settlements, health and the coastal zone.

To address these problems, Togo is dedicated to implementing a policy that reflects its commitment to respect international agreements to combat the impacts and risks of climate change (Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement following COP21 ) and the environment (CITES Convention, Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol, the Rio Conventions and their respective Protocols, the Rotterdam Convention, the Stockholm Convention).

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
10,000,000.00 €

Overall objective

The project aims to support Togo in implementing a national response to the challenges posed by climate change. The specific objectives are, on the one hand, to reduce Togo's climate vulnerability by measures to conserve forest resources and soil and improve energy efficiency and, on the other hand, to improve the institutional context linked to climate change.


The resilience of populations is enhanced by sustainable management, rehabilitation and preservation of land and forest cover.

Implementation of measures to adapt to climate change through planning, sustainable management, rehabilitation of plant cover / reforestation and, where possible, preservation of flora.

The use of the biomass resource and the wood energy sector is made more efficient to accompany a transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Implementation of more efficient techniques for the use of forest resources, particularly in the wood-energy sector.

The capacities of the main actors in the fight against the CC are strengthened, climate change is better integrated into national strategies and public policies.

The Action is aimed at contributing to the implementation of the National Adaptation Plan and its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) by carrying out studies identified in the National Adaptation Plan, by training the staff involved in its implementation in particular at the Ministry for Environment and Forest Resources (MERF), and by supporting the public universities of Togo in the implementation of their research work on the problems related to climate change.


Achievements to date

The launch of the project in 2017 made it possible to:

  • conclude the technical assistance contract
  • launch the first Program Estimate with the Ministry
  • launch the grant contract with the office of forest development and exploitation (ODEF)
  • publish the "Guidelines for supporting sustainable forest and land management and energy efficiency actions" for the award of €4.6m in grant
  • the preparation of a grant contract for Togo's public universities