AMA unveils strategies to address climate-induced losses and damages

21.Mar.2024

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has announced strategies to fortify its resilience against climate change and safeguard frontline communities from devastating losses and damages. 

The strategies that aim to confront the challenges posed by climate change include enhancing infrastructure resilience, developing early warning systems for informal settlements, and scaling mayoral advocacy programmes. 

Head of Public Affairs at the AMA, Gilbert Nii Ankrah, disclosed this to journalists at the end of a 5-day Inclusive Climate Action Communications Training and Masterclass organised by the C40 Cities in collaboration with the City of Addis in Ethiopia. 

He emphasised the Assembly's commitment to provide proactive measures to mitigate climate-induced losses and damages. 

"Climate change poses a significant threat to our city's development and the well-being of our residents, and by adopting these strategies, we are not only safeguarding our infrastructure and communities but also laying the foundation for a more resilient and sustainable future, " he said.  

He said recognising the vulnerability of Accra's infrastructure to extreme weather events, such as flooding, the Assembly plans to invest in robust infrastructure, including the upgrade of drainage systems, reinforcing buildings, and integrating green infrastructure solutions to mitigate flooding and erosion.

"In addition to infrastructure upgrades, the AMA hopes to strengthen its early warning systems and disaster preparedness measures. With climate change intensifying the frequency and severity of extreme weather patterns in Accra, timely and accurate warnings are critical for minimising loss of life and property damage, especially in informal settlements. With this, we aim to enhance our monitoring and forecasting capabilities, by establishing community-based early warning systems, " he said. 

He explained that by scaling mayoral advocacy programmes, the Assembly hoped to foster collaboration between cities to share best practices and resources, engage more stakeholders, and advocate for policy changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate impacts, and promote sustainable development across the city. 

He added that the AMA acknowledges that frontline communities were disproportionately affected by climate change impacts, and was committed to empowering residents with knowledge and resources to adapt and cope with environmental challenges through community engagements, the promotion of climate-smart agricultural practices, training on disaster preparedness and response, as well as facilitating community-led initiatives to build resilience.  

He said that the implementation of the strategies would be crucial in building a resilient city that could withstand future environmental shocks and protect its most vulnerable populations from the effects of climate induce less and damage.  

Among the key officials of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) who attended the master class in Addis Ababa was Mr Richard Kwame Oduro, Head of the Development Planning Unit renowned for his proactive leadership in implementing sustainable urban development initiatives and resilience-building projects within the city.

With a focus on inclusivity and accessibility, the communications training and masterclass equipped participants from Abuja, Accra, Cape Town, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Freetown, and Et kunai with tools for policies and programmes that promote informal sector engagement, green jobs, and the nexus between urban informality, just transition, urban resilience, and loss and damage.