By Dr. Sarisha Ramanand, Climate change Adaptation Advisor

Climate change poses a fundamental global threat to society, especially for those who depend directly on natural ecosystems for their survival and sustainable livelihoods. If we take a step back, more than a decade ago, the Stern Review called Climate change a “serious and urgent issue” and further stated that the African and Asian continents will be the hardest hit. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) or Global Goals are designed to facilitate action towards the survival, peace and prosperity for people and the planet in the face of existential threats such as climate change. This Global Goals Week brings our attention to action, awareness, and accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals. Global Goals Week is a shared commitment between countries of the United Nations. These countries universally committed to “leaving no one behind” in achieving their SDG goals by 2030. This year’s focus is on the key themes of Climate, Justice and Peace, marking the mid-way point of the SDG Agenda.

For Alinea this means contributing to innovative solutions to one of the most multifaceted and complex issues facing humanity in this century, climate change. The Expert Deployment Mechanism for Climate Action in Africa (EDM CAA) Project, funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by Alinea in partnership with Econoler and WSP, deploys Canadian climate change experts to support Sub-Saharan African countries achieve their global goals towards survival, peace, prosperity and ecosystem health. Sub-Saharan Africa only accounts for approximately 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) as of 2021, but experiences extreme levels of vulnerability from climate change through food insecurity, crop failure, livestock morbidity and biodiversity loss among other impacts.

The EDM CAA project, partners with governments, NGOs, the private sector, civil society organizations and tertiary institutions on targeted, short-term technical assistance projects in support of the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement. A key feature of the EDM CAA project is the mainstreaming of women’s capabilities to fully participate as active agents of change in climate change. Furthermore, the EDM CAA project is paving the way to protecting our shared future through three mechanisms. These include enhancing climate governance, increasing mitigation and adaptation potential and facilitating south-south knowledge exchanges. For systemic solutions, we need to acknowledge incremental changes in a meaningful and interpretable manner that is understood by all. As highlighted by this year’s Global Goals Week, we need transformative solutions to address global challenges. Alinea’s EDM CAA project is in a position to #FlipTheScript on how we tackle these global challenges by responding to Sub-Saharan Africa’s demand-driven needs, catalysing systemic transformation and increased resilience.