Western & Central Africa
São Tomé and Príncipe is particularly vulnerable to climate-related hazards such as floods, flash floods and storms. The increasing frequency and severity of flash floods, severe storms and drought episodes, and their impacts on sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, as well as infrastructures mostly located in coastal areas have increasingly adverse effects on the development of the country. Due to climate change, rising sea levels have increasingly resulted in the destruction of many coastal communities, especially when combined with extremely high tides.
In 2015, under the government leadership, the CADRI Partnership facilitated a national multi-stakeholder assessment of disaster risk reduction capacities. The assessment covers five main sectors: agriculture, environment, tourism, land-use planning and health. The assessment puts a special emphasis on early warning systems. Based on the assessment recommendations, the Government developed a National Framework for Action to Strengthen the Capacities of DRR (2016-2019), as a National Contingency Plan with support from the CADRI Partnership.