Strengthening Local Communities Resilience to Climate Change in Sudan

At a glance

2017-06-01 to 2021-12-01
Active programmes
Federal Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Physical Development; NGOs
Total budget
10,38 M€
GCCA priority area(s)

The project falls under priority two "Increasing resilience to climate-related stresses and shocks" of the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) flagship programme which is part of the EU Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC) programme. The project is also fully aligned with the Valletta Action Plan priority domain No. 1 "Development benefits of migration and addressing root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement" and is consistent with objective two of the EU Trust Fund namely "Strengthening resilience of most vulnerable communities". The project is also in line with the Short Term Strategy 2016/17 for the implementation of a special support measure in favour of the people of the Republic of Sudan to be financed from the reserve of the European Development Fund, which has a geographical focus on the peripheral areas and where "climate change and mismanagement of natural resources, leading to land degradation and reduced soil fertility" was identified as one of the causes to be addressed for livelihoods and food security interventions. This intervention is aimed at contributing addressing forced migration, as it tackles one of its root causes, namely environmental degradation. The proposed project is also in line with the African Union "Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative". Moreover, the proposed project fits into the national initiatives such as the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) for Sudan (2007) and the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs - 2015). Finally, the proposed project is in line with the vision underlying the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in particular with Goal 13 "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts" and Goal 15 "Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss" of the abovementioned Agenda.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
8,500,000.00 €

Specific objective

The specific objective is to contribute to preventing, combating and reversing desertification through the sustainable management of natural resources


Result 1: Conservation, protection and sustainable management of farmlands, forests and rangeland enhanced

Activities under this result include both intervention aiming at restoring degraded environments and eco-systems as well as intervention aiming at promoting alternative and more sustainable practices and livelihood to ensure longer-term environmental sustainability. For instance, interventions to improve already degraded ecosystems include planting of trees to expand the vegetative cover. An important component of this result is the engagement with local communities in order to reflect on the sustainability and the impact of traditional practices of land use, irrigation techniques etc., to increase their skill and facilitate positive behaviour change. For instance, the adoption of alternative livelihoods that are less demanding on local land and natural resource use, but yet providing sustainable income is promoted among the local communities. As already mentioned, the design of sustainable livelihoods avoid exacerbating existing disparities and inequalities, particular gender inequality.

Result 2: Environmental management and environmental governance of local authorities and other local stakeholders are enhanced.

Strengthening resilience in terms of the capacity of local communities to react and bounce-back to the status quo prior to the occurrence of the crisis/natural hazards is necessary but not sufficient particularly in contexts where high level of vulnerability exists and natural hazards occur frequently. In this regard, this expected result aims at building the capacity of local authorities, relevant institutions and other local stakeholders to adopt sustainable long-term approaches to natural resource management and climate change and to reduce the need of short-term emergency responses. The adoption of government policies addressing climate change related impacts and the mainstreaming of environment sustainability in all relevant policies and development plans ensures that the necessary resources and infrastructure are made available. Good climate change policies and natural resources management systems require updated and context-specific information. Indeed, an important component of the project aims at gathering information through needs assessments which will help create enabling conditions for the elaboration and implementation of evidence-based policies.

Achievements to date

Two contracts for the implementation of result 1 on Conservation, protection and sustainable management of farmlands, forests and rangeland , were signed at end of the first semester of 2017.

One sub-project (Red Cross) focuses on the Northern State, River Nile State and Kassala State, while a second sub-project (COOPI) is implemented in the North Darfur State.