Promoting climate-resilient development and enhanced adaptive capacity to withstand disaster risks in Angolans Cuvelai River Basin

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From February 11, 2016 to August 10, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 11.a Strengthen national and regional development planning
  2. 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  3. 16.b Enforce non-discriminatory laws, policies for sustainable development

Project ID: 5166

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Technical team

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming integrated policy and planning for climate-resilient & sustainable development
  • Fostering Food Security and resilient agricultural systems


  • FreshWaters
  • Human altered areas


  • Rivers and river basins
  • Rural areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Policy advice


  • Monitor inventory
  • Capacity building
  • Law regulation


  • Spatial monitoring/analysis
  • Knowledge/Data management
  • Technical capacity building
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Development planning

Social inclusion

  • Women

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Women decision making
  • Women farmers

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 11.a Strengthen national and regional development planning
  • 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  • 16.b Enforce non-discriminatory laws, policies for sustainable development

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


This project focuses on supporting 2 NAPA priorities which are to 1) develop an early warning system for flooding and storms, and 2) to develop a climate monitoring and data management system in Angola's Cuvelai River Basin. These two NAPA priorities are intricately linked and therefore have been bundled together for the purpose of this project. In addition to responding to these NAPA, the project also seeks to reduce the climate-related vulnerabilities facing the inhabitants of Angola's Cuvelai River Basin through targeted investments and capacity building. The project interventions are designed around three components: (1) Transfer of appropriate technologies and related capacity building for climate and environmental monitoring infrastructure; (2) Enhanced human and institutional capacity for increased sustainable rural livelihoods among those communities areas most prone to extreme weather events (flooding and drought) in the region; (3) Increased understanding of climate change adaptation and practices in climate-resilient development planning at the local community and government levels.Angola has recently emerged from what was one of Africa's most protracted conflicts. The civil war between 1975 and 2002 resulted in the destruction of infrastructure and the breakdown of institutions of all kinds. The ability of the Angolan Government to maintain an administrative presence and collect and monitor data of all kinds during this period was severely negatively impacted by the war. The primary geographic focus of this project – the Cuvelai River Basin – was one of the regions most affected by the war and remains poorly understood by both development practitioners and climate experts, both in regards to its basic geography (climate, soils and hydrology) and its socioeconomic characteristics. In many Angolan provinces, there has been almost no donor presence until recently. At the same time decentralization, or the delegation of administrative and fiscal responsibilities to sub-national units of government, is slowly taking place in Angola albeit at a slow and uneven pace; much information gathered at national levels still does not reach local authorities. This project involves several layers of government – from national entities to provincial and municipal level authorities – and builds on a variety of recently proposed initiatives that seek to address the complex climate-related challenges facing this critically important trans-boundary wetland. As such this project will by default need to assume a rigorous adaptive management approach and adopt a learning and information-sharing orientation from the onset, with the potential to indirectly benefit a much larger population than just its intended beneficiaries and hopefully inform the development of similar multi-stakeholder efforts in other provinces of the country. The GoA, in partnership with USAID efforts, will seek to communicate all relevant findings, conclusions and recommendations to neighboring governments as well as SADC experts on climate‐related disasters.


To reduce the climate-related vulnerabilities facing the inhabitants of Angola"s Cuvelai River Basin through targeted investments and capacity building.

USD $8,350,000

Grant amount

USD $46,823,004

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($8,350,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Angola

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