WWF Africa Adaptation Strategy goal is an Africa where people and nature have enhanced capacity and resources to adapt to climate change and by 2025, WWF Africa and its partners are implementing climate smart conservation programmes and enabling climate resilient ecosystems and community livelihoods. Learn more.

The Africa Adaptation Initiative, has transitioned to become the WWF Africa Adaptation Hub and is part of WWF Africa Regional Initiatives and the Climate and Energy Practice area of competence on climate adaptation.

The WWF Africa Adaptation Hub aims to accelerate quality and impactful work in Africa, to build the resilience of people and nature to climate change. Download the AAH Fact Sheet.

The Africa Adaptation Hub will play a leading role in delivering Nature Based Solutions for the climate adaptation component in the climate solutions outcomes of the WWF Africa Conservation Framework. Read WWF Africa's Conservation Framework 2021-2025.


Adaptation To Climate Change Is More Urgent Than Ever

Forest, grassland and savanna biomes will shift across the continent, changing grazing lands and species habitats.

At 1.5°C global warming, half of assessed species are projected to lose over 30% of their population or area of suitable habitat.

At 2°C global warming, 7% to 18% of species in Africa are projected to be at risk of extinction.

Above 1.5°C global warming: fisheries catch potential drops by up to 40% in tropical Africa
Leaving close to 300 million people at risk of micronutrient deficiencies.

Agricultural productivity growth in Africa has been reduced by 34% since 1961 due to climate change, more than any other region.

Over 2.6 million and 3.4 million new weather-related displacements occurred in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018 and 2019.

At 1.7°C global warming, over 17 million Africans could be forced to migrate within the continent due to changes in food and water security.
This could increase to 50 – 86 million people at 2.5°C global warming.

By 2030,108–116 million people will be exposed to sea level rise in Africa
Source: Key facts on CC in Africa - IPCC 2022 Report

​37 Protected Areas are predicted to have more than 50% of their species no longer finding the Protected Area climatically suitable by 2050.

© Faith Tanui, WWF Kenya

The Africa Adaptation Hub

Acting as a knowledge and learning hub for WWF, CSOs and Africa stakeholders:

Coaching, mentoring, training, guidance development, updating the latest development on adaptation, building evidence based information on climate adaptation, connecting existing learning hubs in Africa, setting up regional CCA database and monitoring, leading cross-learning and sharing across Africa on adaptation.

​Strengthening Africa’s engagement in the climate policy arena & Africa climate ambition:

By boosting the role of nature, through an Africa Adapts coalition made up of: Pan-African institutions, regional CSOs and marginalised groups including women and youth organisations.

Building strong regional partnerships and supporting resource mobilisation on adaptation:

Facilitate the partnerships and resource mobilisation with regional and global players, as well as WWF networks. Unlocking adaptation finance and supporting proposal project development through improved and innovative funding models.

Promoting large scale implementation of transformational climate adaptation initiatives:

By acting as an incubator and accelerator of innovative and transformative Nature Based Solutions for climate adaptation, and providing the enabling technical, policy, research and financial frameworks.
© Tojo Rasolozaka / WWF Madagascar
Knowledge and Learning

Credit: Faith Tanui, WWF-Kenya

Credit: Faith Tanui, WWF-Kenya

Policy Advocacy

Credit: WWF-Africa

Credit: WWF-Africa

Partnerships, Resource Mobilisation and Implementation

  • Supported the development of the Ecosystem based Adaptation Blue Action Fund proposal and funding secured.
  • Provide regional technical support on adaptation and NbS to Climate Adaptation and Protected Areas (CAPA) Initiative in the (KAZA) Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area and (GVL) Greater Virunga Landscapes – Global Affairs Canada and the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) with WWF Africa as implementing partner. 
  • Provide regional technical support to the South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) Norad Mangrove funded projects - Mangroves Management for Climate Risk Resilience and Improved Livelihoods.
  • With the Climate and Energy Practice, support the implementation of the WWF-IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) partnership in Africa.


Funding support