2021 remains a crucial year to review the commitments of West African countries for climate. The GCCA+ West Africa project, funded by the European Union and the Agence Française de Development (AFD) through the Adapt'Action facility, and implemented under the political leadership of ECOWAS in partnership with the Comité permanent inter-État de lutte contre la sécheresse au Sahel (CILSS) and Expertise France, is supporting several of the most vulnerable States in the West African region to review the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) they defined in 2015, ahead of COP21 in Paris. This is a key process to prepare for COP26, which will take place in Glasgow (United Kingdom) in November 2021.
The GCCA+ West Africa project decoded the obligations that West African States have to meet as Parties to the Agreement, in the guide to implementation of the Paris Agreement for ECOWAS Member States, released in 2020. In addition, the project specifically supports 4 countries (Guinea-Bissau, Togo, Liberia and Sierra Leone) in the revision and implementation of their climate commitments, especially by analysing the trajectories of greenhouse gas emissions, estimating the costs of adaptation measures and adapting national commitments into local development plans.