Sao Tome and Principe
Sao Tome and Principe joined the NDC Partnership in December 2016, appointing the Ministry of Finance, Commerce and Blue Economy and the Ministry of Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Environment as Focal Points. As a Small Island Developing State in the Gulf of Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe considers climate goals as part of its overall development strategy. The country has prepared, with the support of the World Bank, a comprehensive multi-sectoral investment plan to reduce vulnerabilities and risks for communities and key sectors. Actions include creating information systems to assess, monitor, and inform risks and vulnerabilities; policy reforms in key sectors; targeted actions such as the construction of green and grey infrastructure to protect communities; the voluntary resettlement of communities in high-risk areas; and the reinforcement of the transport infrastructure. On the mitigation side, Sao Tome and Principe together with the UN Development Programme facilitated a multi-stakeholder planning process to broaden investment planning, to include NDC mitigation targets into one results-based framework, while also informing the country’s Green Climate Fund Country Programming. The results of both processes were included in the country’s Partnership Plan, a three-year results-based plan that aims to facilitate coordination, resource mobilization, and transparency. Highlights of the Plan include institutional and policy reforms and on-the-ground projects to strengthen resilience and disaster risk management; regulatory reforms to promote renewable energy investment and increase the share of renewables in the country to 47 percent; restoration of 28.000 hectares of native forests; and establishment of 7.000 hectares of agroforestry systems. Currently, the Partnership Plan is being implemented and has a budget of USD 110 million, from which USD 25 million from ongoing projects and USD 85 million from planned projects of the following partners: AfDB, EU, EIB, FAO, GCF, GEF, UNDP, and the World Bank. Find more infomration on the Partnership's country engagement process in Sao Tome and Principe here.