Country

Congo (Democratic Republic of the)

Explore historical and projected climate data, climate data by sector, impacts, key vulnerabilities and what adaptation measures are being taken. Explore the overview for a general context of how climate change is affecting Congo (Democratic Republic of the).

Adaptation

The main document concerning adaptation in the DR Congo is the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), published in 2006. The NAPA has identified five key priority areas: water resources; coastal area; health; agriculture; land and ecosystem degradation. In particular, the country has already made efforts to develop urgent adaptation actions in agriculture, community recovery and the fight against coastal erosion. The country faces various development challenges including the lack of climate data, technical capacities, institutional support, and financial resources.

Gaps and Needs

  • Epidemiological monitoring for early detection and early response and improved capacity to respond among clinicians, researchers and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • There is a need for yield-improvement research and soil improvement programs Health risk management, such as epidemiological monitoring for early detection and early response and improved capacity to respond among clinicians, researchers and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • The health sector, despite being identified as an area vulnerable to climate change, has yet to receive any project funding. Nor is gender a prominent component of any current adaptation project or proposed strategy.
  • A limited amount of concrete adaptation action, including community-based adaptation, has been undertaken to date.
  • Stakeholder engagement, including the private sector and civil society, could be increased and domestic capacities for implementing adaptation programs must be improved.
  • At present, all projects are being implemented by government ministries, external partners and UN agencies.
  • Evaluation and monitoring of water resources, particularly those of the Congo River system and its Kinshasa-area tributaries, and the quality and quantity of both surface and groundwater.