By Diego Gómez Pickering
Through the signing of a strategic partnership with Climate Analytics and the Togolese local NGO Jeunes Verts, Oiko is working to provide a methodology that when applied will develop climate change adaptation and mitigation plans to one of the most climatically diverse but also fragile countries in the region.
“The challenge is clear. We musts reinvent the cities… the prospects of local development are an opportunity to act against poverty and vulnerability of the population” declared Aliou Dia, resident representative of UNDP in Togo during the launching of the project that aims at providing the West African nation with a methodology to create climate-smart communes.
The technical assistance provided by Oiko and its strategic partners guarantees reliable local experience and understanding of the local policy and municipal environment in Togo to carry out the necessary diagnosis and data collection process in constant interaction with relevant stakeholders. Oiko’s technical assistance will allow for the integration of energy, mobility, waste, vegetation cover and agricultural transformation into climate-smart communes across Togo, a country heavily menaced by climate risks and where agricultural activity represents 40% of its GDP and employs 70% of its population. Climate-smart communes will eventually improve the resilience of Togo’s communities and ecosystems.