Climate Change Risk Management Programme (CCRMP)
UNIDO and Climate Change Risk Management in Egypt
Although Egypt's contribution to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is currently far below the world's average, the country is moving towards a less GHG intensive path mainly by becoming a more energy efficient economy, and by increasing the utilization of its large renewable energy potential.
While mitigation is necessary to prevent or at least slow down the climate change, adaptation is needed to alleviate the potential impacts of climate change. Current and future changes in climatic conditions constitute a major environmental and economic risk. Indeed, Egypt is predicted to be highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, according to various studies. Egypt's most vulnerable sectors are: 1) coastal zones 2) water resources, and 3) agriculture. Climate change risks may jeopardize Egypt's efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Climate Change Risk Management in Egypt is a national initiative stemming out of the “Paris Declaration” which aims to align donor activities with national priorities. This programme has received the support of the MDG Achievement Fund and will assist Egypt in raising the profile of climate change in the national agenda.
The programme will link four government bodies to work together to strengthen the institutional system to cope with climate change.
The programme's National Partners include the: Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, Ministry of International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs The UN Partners include: UNDP, UNESCO, UNEP, UNIDO, FAO, and IFAD The Climate Change Risk Management Programme (CCRMP) is a national cross-cutting programme implemented across multiple ministries and sectors, targeting both adaptation and mitigation. For adaptation, the programme will assist in providing tools to make strategic decisions to strengthen the institutional capacity to develop and to implement national strategies in the water resources, agricultural, and other sectors.
For mitigation, it will assist in policies to help mitigate Egypt’s contribution to emissions by providing an enabling environment and incentive schemes to promote financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives as well as taking advantage of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).