The African Development Bank, the Government of Mali and the Niger River Basin Authority (ABN) this week launched the Integrated Program for Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in the River Basin Niger (PIDACC / BN).

With a total cost of around 122 billion FCFA, including 13.8 billion FCFA for Mali, PIDACC / BN will contribute to improving the resilience of the ecosystems of the Niger river and of populations through sustainable management of resources natural resources for 130 million people in 9 countries.

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“PIDACC is a response to the problem of climate change. It will contribute to a triple gain for the populations of the Niger River Basin, the fight against poverty in rural areas, the fight against climate change and the fight against migration or the rural exodus of young people by creating jobs in the development of agro-pastoral product value chains,” said the head of the Bank’s country office in Mali, Haly Louise DJOUSSOU-LORNG.

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The project will develop the resilience of ecosystems and natural resources and increase the resilience of populations affected by climate change. It will notably allow the recovery of 140,000 hectares of degraded land, the construction of 209 hydraulic infrastructures for agro-pastoral and fish farming activities. It will also help the implementation of 450 sub-projects for the development of the agricultural chain and 184 youth SMEs as well as the strengthening of the adaptation capacities to climate change of a million Malian households.

The Program, which also benefits from support from other donors such as the European Union through PAGODA, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Strategic Climate Fund (FSC), the Global Environment Fund (FEM), the Forest Investment Fund (FIF), and the German KFW Cooperation, will be implemented in the upper basin portions of the Inner Delta and the Niger Loop. It will cover six Malian administrative regions, namely, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou, Mopti, Tombouctou and Gao.

The Bank’s latest strategy for Mali (2015-2019) was based on two pillars: improving governance for inclusive growth, and developing infrastructure to support economic recovery. 

These pillars are in line with the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy 2013-2022 and the five main priorities (Top 5), namely: Enlightening Africa and supplying it with energy, Feeding Africa, Industrializing Africa, Integrating l And improve the quality of life for Africans.