Climate change adaptation and mitigation in coastal areas present specific needs for technology transfer and financial flow mechanisms, and corresponding opportunities for developing countries. This project’s objective is to contribute to an optimal use of these opportunities in the UNFCCC process for coastal areas of Africa. The approach is to enhance the uptake of the existing science-base, particularly of national expertise, into countries preparation for the intergovernmental process. This effort supports the Africa Union Commission in its mandate to prepare a unified African representation to the Copenhagen conference. It will make use of the channels already developed by the United Nations.