Western & Central Africa
Côte d'Ivoire faces recurrent floods and landslides. Caused by heavy rains during the rainy season, floods mainly affect coastal urban areas like Abidjan, where continuous and uncontrolled urbanization favors disasters. In addition, the country is heavily exposed to an increasingly significant coastal erosion phenomenon resulting in damages and losses. In the coming decades, climate change will intensify the impacts and occurrence of these phenomena. It is also vulnerable to technological risks and industrial pollution like the crisis of toxic waste dumped by the ship Probo Koala.
In 2015, responding to a government request, the CADRI Partnership deployed a multi-disciplinary team to facilitate an assessment f national capacities to reduce disaster risk. Te diagnosis puts a special emphasis on land use planning and natural resource management - forest, land, water and coastal zone - and covers six other socio-economic sectors: agriculture and food security, nutrition, health, WASH and education.
The assessment resulted in the development of the National Action Plan for Strengthening Disaster Reduction capacities (2016-2020), which was validated by the Prime Minister in presence of the Minister of Economy and Finance and the Minister of Environment in 2016. The National Platform for DRR was established for overseeing the implementation of the National Action Plan.