Ecosystem-Based Adaptation targeting vulnerable communities of Upper Guinea

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From June 15, 2016 to June 15, 2023

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  2. 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  3. 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Project ID: 5176

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Agrobiodiversity


  • Human altered areas
  • FreshWaters
  • Conserved areas


  • Rural areas
  • Rivers and river basins
  • Productive landscapes/Seascapes

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Direct support / Service Delivery
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Capacity building
  • Mitigation adaptation
  • Management operation

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Women decision making
  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Reduce exposure
  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  • 15.a Mobilize resources for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use
  • 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Structural/system transformation
  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


In the Upper Niger River Basin, where poverty is prevalent, and the economy is based on agriculture, ecosystem services sustain the livelihoods of more than half a million people. Ecosystems provide these local communities with food, shelter, fiber, firewood and medicinal plants. Climate change affecting the Upper Niger Basin will result in higher temperatures, increased evapo-transpiration and changes in the rainfall regime. These conditions will threaten the continued stream of benefits from ecosystem services, particularly with respect to water security. It will also increase the risk of bushfire. Communities, whose livelihoods depend on ecosystems services and who live close to fire-prone areas, are the most vulnerable. In the baseline scenario, investments in watershed management are limited and generally not climate-proof. Also, under the current level of threat linked to prevailing land use practices ecosystems that had maintained resilience in function and structure, are gradually degrading. Although there is a strong baseline investment in rural development programmes, if climate change adaptation is not part of development efforts, this global-level threat will constitute an overriding stressor that will push ecosystems beyond their tipping point. This project addresses the additional risk posed by climate change to vulnerable communities in the Upper Niger River Basin through an ecosystem-based approach. It enhances ecosystems resilience across the landscape, as a climate change adaptation measure and with a clear additionality vis-a-vis the baseline. It focuses on watershed management and land-use practices on the ground. The project also builds the capacity of relevant stakeholders to change land use practices and adapt to a climatically challenging future. In this manner, target communities, who depend on ecosystem services for their livelihoods, will become more resilient to climate change. Since there is no development plan at the regional and departmental level in Guinea, the project will mainly focus on introducing adaptation priorities into local planning and budgeting processes.


To reduce the vulnerability of local communities in the Upper Niger River Basin to the additional risks posed by climate change and build their general resilience through an ecosystem-based approach that focuses on watersheds, land-use practices and adaptive capacity.

USD $8,200,000

Grant amount

USD $114,180,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($8,200,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Guinea

Project metrics

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