UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Greening the Recovery in Ghana and Zambia

This project focuses on the opportunities for integrating economic recovery and climate change policies in Ghana and Zambia.

Kakum canopy Ghana

1 March 2021

Key Facts

  • Funding body: The project is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Newton Fund via the UKRI Collective Fund.
  • The Team: ZIPAR; UKRI; ISSER


The project is using participatory scenario development methodology that combines stakeholder engagement, qualitative storylines, modelling and policy analysis. It has four main components:
1)    To map the policy and societal landscape, understanding how this has changed due to Covid-19, and examining climate and development plans that are already being developed.
2)    To develop participatory scenarios that explore plausible pathways for a clean, resilient recovery. This is being carried out iteratively with a third research task.
3)    To quantify these pathways using open-source models of energy systems and land use. 
4)    To develop policy responses and support their implementation.

This will include: 

a.    policy recommendations to support energy access and job creation

b.    addressing the financial impacts of Covid-19 on energy companies and consumers

c.    supporting investment in energy efficiency, low carbon energy generation and nature-based solutions.  

  • The project includes continuous engagement with policy and other stakeholders to maximise tangible impacts on decision-making, including on revisions to national climate change plans. Longer-term impacts will be enhanced through capacity building activities including one-week training courses in Ghana and Zambia, and an online short course.

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