The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Building climate resilience in Ghana

UNOPS and partners will conduct a landmark study on the impact of climate change on Ghana’s infrastructure development.

Part of the 'Enhancing the resilience of national infrastructure systems' project, the study will look at climate change impact across three sectors: energy, water and transport.

Ghana's Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, the Global Center on Adaptation, the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, the United Nations Environment Programme and UNOPS developed and will implement the project.

This is a key step in supporting Ghana’s efforts to develop resilient infrastructure that is aligned with national priorities, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We are delighted to be part of this project.”

Grete Faremo - Under-Secretary-General and UNOPS Executive Director

Funded by the Global Center on Adaptation, the 12-month, €500,000 project will help Ghana identify its infrastructure adaptation needs and provide a roadmap on how to meet those needs. 

“I’m delighted that the Global Center on Adaptation has been able to initiate this project to play a catalytic role in strengthening resilience across Ghana’s energy, water and transport sectors," said Professor Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of Global Center on Adaptation.

The results of the study will be used to improve national infrastructure planning and management. 

"As decision makers, we need to have access to high-quality information, consistent data and the capacity to use this information to inform [infrastructure] planning,” said Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation. 

The long-term goal is to enhance the resilience of Ghana’s infrastructure against the threats of climate change, including using nature-based solutions. The project will also help ensure that infrastructure development is integrated across different sectors.

“Ghana is at a crucial point when the right choices about infrastructure development will benefit sustainable development for years to come," said Professor Jim Hall, the University of Oxford. "I hope that our research will assist decision makers in Ghana to make better choices for a sustainable future."

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