Climate Change, Environmental Sustainability and Resilience

WAPCCO) is focused on achieving climate justice for all, especially for the communities affected the most by climate-induced disasters in Somalia. The region bears the brunt of the catastrophic effects of climate change, and the window of opportunity for decisive action is nigh. WAPCCO will support communities by promoting regenerative approaches to limit global warming, build resilience and adapt to climate induced changes and disasters through policy and action.

As one of the most significant challenges of our time, climate change is responsible for increasing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, natural resource scarcity, and environmental degradation. Similarly, widespread conflict is causing an increase in the destruction of the environment and livelihoods including mass displacement. Both climate change and conflict exacerbate existing gender inequalities and directly affect the lives of women and girls in profound ways.57154-website-development



WAPCCO will be guided by the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as important frameworks to address climate change.

WAPCCO calls for protecting the environment, managing drought, and enhancing adaptability to climate change should be the basis for all development interventions in arid and semi-arid areas.

We stand for environmental education and awareness and intensify environmental conservation efforts, particularly in light of the likely impact of climate change. Reducing poverty through well-planned development will minimise the negative effects of drought and strengthen people’s capacity to adapt to climate change.

Our role is to advocate and support in managing risks such as drought, and climate change while improving the enabling environment for growth and development by investing in public goods and services, including infrastructure, energy, human capital development, and environmental management. 

WAPCCO calls for

  • Establishment of a Gender Working Group on Peace, Security and Natural Resources in the Context of Climate Change
  • Increased research on the impacts of climate change and conflict on women and girls
  • Development of programs that address the linkages between climate change and conflict from a gender perspective