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Policies, measures and actions on climate change and
environmental protection in the context of COVID-19 recovery.

Benin Benin

Last update2 Sept. 2020

Categories

Response
Emergency measures in the short term (a few months to one year) to address concerns that have directly emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and may include forced action.
Recovery
Socioeconomic measures in the medium term (one to a few years) with an environmental and climate focus to “build back better” from COVID-19, and usually involves planned, intentional action.
Redesign
Paradigm shifts and measures in the long term (more than a few years to a few decades) toward redesigning current socioeconomic and sociocultural systems to be sustainable and resilient.

1.Climate mitigation measures

  • Sustainable transportation

    Response
    Limiting to the extreme necessity of entering and leaving the land borders of Benin:
    As part of the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in particular in the transport sector, the Beninese State has set up a control system for compliance with standards and promotes policies for public transport. ; Thus with the pandemic, the limitation of comings and goings has greatly contributed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector.
    ContactMinistry of Infrastructure and Transport and Ministry of the Interior and Public Security
  • Household sector

    Response
    Suspension of all events and all other non-essential sporting, cultural, religious, political and festive events:
    All gatherings were banned for a certain period. But from June 2, places of worship and other gatherings like bars were reopened while emphasizing strict compliance with barrier gestures.
    ContactMinistry of the Interior and Public Security
  • Building sector

    Response
    Temporary creation of care centers for people infected with Covid-19 and requisition of a thousand hotel rooms for the systematic and mandatory quarantine of anyone coming to Benin by plane:
    Given the health emergency generated by the pandemic and also taking into account the various repercussions on the environment and the climate that the construction of new hospital centers would generate, the government preferred to re-stabilize, on the one hand, the worn-out and unitized infrastructure. and on the other hand to build some with materials respecting environmental protection and climate preservation
    ContactMinistry of Health
  • Sustainable transportation

    Response
    A sanitary cordon established around the communes of Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Allada, Ouidah, Sèmè-Podji, Porto-Novo, So-Ava, Aguégués, Akpro-Missérété and Adjarra:
    An area has been demarcated to isolate the most affected municipalities from the rest of the country where there has been no case of an infected person until now, thus limiting the spread of the virus and at the same time reducing a considerable part of the gas emissions in the transport sector because the towns within the cordon sanitaire are among the busiest due to their proximity to the economic capital Cotonou.
    ContactMinistry of Health and Ministry of the Interior and Public Security

2.Climate adaptation measures

  • Agr/food security

    ResponseRecovery
    Distribution of seed kits to market gardeners benefiting from the Market Gardening Support Project (PADMAR), seriously affected by the horrors of Covid-19:
    The negative effects of climate change in particular in the agricultural sector no longer need to be demonstrated; thus to contribute to the resilience of the populations on the one hand and to mitigate the negative effects of the pandemic on economic activities, the government has put in place said.
    ContactMinistry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
  • Health

    Response
    Establishment and respect of barrier gestures, particularly related to hygiene and sanitation rules
    In public places, public and private administrations, markets, supermarkets, homes, barrier gestures are prescribed and respected. this involves, among other things, regular hand washing with soap and water or disinfection with a hydroalcoholic gel, wearing a mask, keeping a distance of at least one meter.
    ContactMinistry of Health

3.Cross-cutting measures

  • Sustainable finance (public/private)/market mechanisms/carbon pricing

    Recovery
    revival of economic activities (granting of microcredits to the most vulnerable (poor) populations via mobile currencies, granting of credit to SMEs:
    To limit the spread of the pandemic while relaunching economic activities which have been strongly affected, the Beninese government has put in place several measures in the number of which figure this one; a total amount of CFAF 100 billion at zero rate for the benefit of targeted economic actors via banking establishments and decentralized financial systems (DFS)
    ContactMinistry of Industry and Commerce
    Ministry of Social Affairs and Microfinance
  • Governance

    Recovery
    Social measures taken for the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises, craftsmen and actors in the transport sector
    support of 4.98 billion FCFA intended for artisans and those exercising small trades. It takes into account 55,000 people from these categories (activities such as: hairdressing, sewing, welding, carpentry, small saleswomen, etc.) who have registered on the digital platform open for this purpose, as well as in town halls.
    ContactMinistry of Industry and Commerce
    Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
    Ministry of Social Affairs and Microfinance
  • Governance

    ResponseRecovery
    management of the electricity and water tariff increase by the government
    Social measures taken for the benefit of all populations, especially the poorest:
    a general subsidy, which applies to all citizens, on electricity and water tariffs for an amount of FCFA 5.76 billion. To all this is added a special grant for the benefit of the poor and the very poor as soon as the operation of their identification is completed.
    Contactministry of energy

4.Other environmental measures

  • Technical support from the Africa Directorate of UNEP