Cross-border territories, cities in particular, are or should become areas of joint responsibility and management that pool their resources to address climate and risks.
What cross-border adaptation measures could be implemented to build border intercommunality and resilience to climate risks? What sources of international funding are available to local authorities in West Africa for adaptation to climate change? What legal and governance solutions can be identified to enable communities to carry out and finance cross-border projects? How can local authorities be boosted in order to put into place adequate legal frameworks with the state for cross-border co-operation?
The work conducted by SWAC seeks to assess the current state of cross-border law and promote shared legislative and financial levers that could improve the prospects for cross-border entities to strengthen resilience to climate change in border cities.
It proposes a practical guide on the legislative and financial levers for developing cross-border initiatives on resilience to climate change. A non-exhaustive and evolving inventory of financing mechanisms for cross-border local development projects related to climate change adaptation in West Africa is also proposed. The guide is destined for the use of local authorities, members of the Sahel and West Africa Club and other development partners, regional and international organisations that want to set-up effective governance structures for cross-border projects on climate resilience.
Inventory of financing mechanisms