CCDARE Country Output in Ethopia
CC DARE Adaptation Stimulus Works
Ethiopia is one of the eleven countries under the CC DARE Programme jointly implemented by UNEP and
UNDP using funds from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
In an effort to speed up the integration of climate risk consideration into policy and national planning to
curb vulnerability to climate impacts, CC DARE provided timely-targeted support to 9 nationally driven
projects with most of them linked to the agricultural sector and thereby addressing food security, which
constitutes the first national priority for NAPA project developments and an important Millennium
Development Goal. There was a great diversity in the nature of the projects with a unique geographical
distributions and the engagement of new sectors and actors.
One of the agricultural projects was on the ‘identification of adaptive traits in indigenous cattle adapted
to drought prone arid and semi arid areas’. The second was addressing ‘Local solutions for the challenge
of unemployment and food-insecurity based on the adaptation of the climate change’. The third is
looking at the ‘Identification, documentation and dissemination of control and management of
rangeland invading alien plant species for enhancing the communities resilience to climate change
adaptation in Jijiga Zone of Somali Region, Eastern Ethiopia’ while the fourth is on ‘Community Based
Adaptation to Climate Change for Ethiopian Agriculture: Identification of Impacts, Coping Mechanisms,
and Adaptation Options: A Case of the North Western Lowlands of Ethiopia’. The last project under the
agricultural sector titled ‘Adapting Mechanism for Climate Change Impact on Hydrological Extremes and
Crop Production’ is identifying adaptation options under hydrological extremes and crop production in
creating possibilities of integrating this into the development plan and decision-making processes.
There were three projects outside of the agricultural sector and one of them was presented from a nontraditional
ministry (Ministry of Mines & Power) that is not normally involved with climate change
activities. This was quite a strategic opportunity in bringing the energy ministry onboard and
mainstreaming climate change into their activities. Through this project, the communities around the
Buffer Zone are now engaged in conservation and income generating activities that have encouraged
them to maintain the buffer zone for the sustainability of their livelihoods. The appropriate and effective
management of the buffer zone have provided more water for the hydropower plant. The second
project in this category of non-agricultural projects was addressing health issues titled ‘Development of
National Acute Watery Diarrhea Prevention and Control (NAWDPC) Strategy’ which is quite strategic
following the outbreak and prevalence of diarrhea as a water borne disease highly linked to fluxes in
quality and quantity of clean water supply under climate impacts. Finally, there was a project on
‘Improving Water Harvesting Capacity in Schools in Central Rift valley’. This project highly complements
a similar project ongoing in Seychelles primary schools, which demonstrates the demand-driven needs
of countries in Sub Saharan Africa and Small Island countries in addressing water challenges posed by
climate change. Under the Ministry of Education, this has provided an opportunity in curriculum
development with the potentials of sustainability in the adaptation measures put in place
These nine projects swiftly and timely implemented over six months period have paved the way to
bigger actions by guiding the Ethiopian EPA for up scaling using their own funds as indicated by the
national project team, for the expansion of the actions into other provinces and sectors of the country.
This is a demonstration of the potential catalytic effects CC DARE small funding actions can trigger.
The buildup of national interest and the mobilization of the national government, civil society, together
with other stakeholders following the implementation of this project provided the type of enabling
environment for country project implementation and the opportunity for capitalizing on the momentum
of the beneficiaries of the CC DARE programme.
The peculiarities of the funding approach used by CC DARE are a true testament that every action counts
irrespective of size. That even with smaller funds, adaptation can still be implemented especially where
it serves as a stimulus of targeted actions that remove barriers to bigger actions.
This success story from Ethiopia is just one amongst many under the CC DARE programme that has
helped removed barriers for the implementation of climate change adaptation actions in Sub Saharan