The Africa Climate Action Initiative (ACAI) began in 2021, it is an initiative of the Canada Africa Partnership (CAP) Network based in Congo-Brazzaville. ACAI works alongside African communities on the front lines of climate change. ACAI’s mission is to enhance the climate mitigation and adaptation response of African nations and their communities while building solidarity between Canadian and African communities tackling climate change. Through networking and outreach, ACAI is connecting communities and NGOs across sub-saharan Africa for networking, shared learning, and joint advocacy efforts – including at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
Despite only accounting for 4 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, Africa is the continent the most vulnerable to global climate change. Climate change acts as a threat multiplier to existing challenges such as food insecurity, water scarcity, waterborne diseases, governance challenges, and conflicts across the continent.
Hundreds of millions of people are being impacted. 70 percent of the total African population depends on agriculture, with 95 percent of its food production relying on rainfall. Increasingly, uncertain rainfall and extreme weather patterns are having severe ramifications for food security, poverty eradication, and the achievement and maintenance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030).
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Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville).