The city of Ouagadougou hosted Friday July 8th 2016 an exchange workshop with national stakeholders on the research project AMMA-2050. Conducted by the acting Director General of 2iE, M. Kouamé Kouassi, this workshop was a platform for exchanges between the different stakeholders (decision-maker, researchers, NGOs and other speakers) working towards the prevention and management of natural catastrophes in Burkina Faso in order to contribute to the usage of climatic information to educate and consolidate decision-making.
These last years, Burkina Faso was not spared from natural catastrophes which became recurrent with more and more serious consequences on the entire territory and particularly in the « great Ouaga » area which includes the city of Ouagadougou and its surroundings. Indeed, who does not still have in memory the great flood of September 1st 2009 in Ouagadougou and some surrounding areas which continues to mark the Burkinabe, causing thousands of distressed people and great damages recorded on infrastructures and parts of the environment? The project AMMA-2050 was initiated to predict those catastrophes and to better adapt to them. This workshop is part of this project and its objectives were:
- To inform decision-makers of the existence of the research project AMMA-2050 in Burkina Faso and more importantly present its objectives and the opportunities it provides
- Exchange with stakeholders who intervene at different levels of decision on the prevention and management of natural catastrophes such as floods about their expectations, their integration and their commitment in the process of implementation of the project AMMA-2050;
- Exchange with the stakeholders on the possibilities of information and data sharing to allow the implementation of the project AMMA2050 ;
- Establish a dialogue between providers and users of climatic information to help with decision-making in a medium-term (5-40 years) ;
- Consult with decision-makers on the needs of climatic information that can be useful for decision-making in the medium term.
Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the project AMMA-2050 aims at better understanding the effect of climate change on the African monsoon in the course of the coming decades in order to help the West-African societies to prepare and adapt. For a duration of 4 years (2015-2019), it mobilizes about fifteen partners: 4 from the U.K., 5 from France, 3 from Senegal, 1 from Cote d’Ivoire and 2iE in Burkina Faso which networks many local partners.
Two pilot sites will be used for the project. They are Niakhar (SENEGAL) where the project will seek to elaborate resilient sites to climate change and the city of Ouagadougou where the project will seek to enlighten the expansion plan of the city of Ouagadougou on the risks of flooding in urban areas in a context of evolving climate.