Resilient Low-Carbon Transport Solutions in Africa


I. Context

At CoP21, the profile of the transport sector in the context of climate was raised – and the need for any successful climate strategy to address climate was understood and acknowledged. Since then, the MDB/global community has made some important advances with respect to climate, both in terms of operationalizing climate action in its work, as well as framing/focusing the global effort: creating a multi-agency platform – Sustainable Mobility for All – or organize sectoral efforts related to climate.  In the context of Africa, an Africa Transport Climate Action Plan has been formulated which can serve as a framework to support World Bank transport and climate initiatives in the continent.  This event will showcase the advances since CoP21 and highlight key mitigation and resilience related priorities for Africa.

II. Challenges and Opportunities


Climate Change frames two equally significant challenges for African countries in their efforts to reduce poverty and increased shared prosperity across their societies.  Most immediately, climate change put’s Africa’s transport system – already inadequate to address the continent’s needs for access for people and goods  – at risk from impacts of more frequent and more severe climate events as well as rising temperatures.  There is an urgent imperative to understand the likely impacts to people and the economy as a result of transport disruptions related to climate change and identify robust solutions to address these.  At the same time, as Africa’s cities continue to urbanize and the national economies continue to grow – there is an urgent need to identify scalable low-carbon paths for transport investment that can accommodate and support these dynamics.


From a resilience perspective the early evidence suggests that while climate is a threat, a range of affordable robust solutions do exist; particularly when climate risks are integrated into a broader planning and management framework.  Addressing climate risks often requires doubling down on good planning, construction (and perhaps most important) asset management practices – and there is an opportunity to help integrate climate issues in the manner transport ministries manage their infrastructure.

From a mitigation perspective, there is a similar alignment between the imperatives of efficient economies and livable cities – and a low-carbon transport system that supports the development of public transport focused compact cities, and an energy efficient multi-modal freight system.

Though there is a ways to go – there are some important examples of such resilient and low-carbon infrastructure; which frame the World Bank’s climate action plan in the transport sector.

III. Event Objectives and Outputs


This session will build on the momentum of CoP21 to (i) support governments in the framing and implementation on their NDC’s as they relate to transport; (ii) highlight key priorities and early results emerging from the Africa Transport Climate Action Plan; and (iii) showcase early successes re climate resilient and low-carbon transport from across Africa.


This panel will release two important pieces of adaptation analytical work supported by the WB related to transport and Climate including the *ECRAI report that assesses climate risks to transport infrastructure in Africa at the continental scale as well as a deep dive in Mozambique.

*ECRAI Report: ‘Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa’s Infrastructure – Road and Bridge Transport’

IV. Confirmed Speakers/Panel Discussion

  • Jose Luis Irigoyen, Director T&I, World Bank
  • Amadou Oumarou, Director for Transport, Urban development and ICT (AfDB)
  • H.E. Carlos Bonete Martinho Minister of Public works, Housing and Water Resources, Mozambique.
  • Professor Zacharia Mganilwa, Rector of National Institute of Transport


November 11, 2016


10:00 am - 11:30 am


Africa Pavilion


Contact Person:

Maria Cordeiro, World Bank

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