People Centered Climate Services in the Sahel seeks to provide technical assistance to improve the availability, use and relevance of good quality weather and climate information, as well as strengthen regional and institutional coordination.
There is a real need for good quality weather and climate information in the Sahel, and a need for this to be made available and integrated into resilience planning, helping to reduce impacts on communities and reverse the disaster-poverty trap.
The project is working to better understand the climate information needs of Social Protection and resilience stakeholders in the region, and to establish the best way to meet these needs.
It will provide climate information system expertise and flexible response to demand, helping inform the work of World Bank-funded Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) as well as DFID- funded Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Extremes and Disasters Programme (BRACED), and other resilience work.
A Multi Donor Trust Fund to support ASP Systems has been established by the World Bank. This aims to lift the most vulnerable people in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal out of a downward spiral of debt, asset depletion, poor health and malnutrition, and improve livelihoods and living standards in the face of frequent and severe weather and climate events.
Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Extremes and Disasters Programme (BRACED) is part of DFID’s response to the recommendation that the threat from climate change and other potential hazards should be integrated into disaster risk reduction. BRACED is helping people become more resilient to climate extremes in Asia, East Africa and importantly the Sahel.
To provide climate information system expertise and flexible response to demand, helping inform the work of ASP as well as BRACED and other resilience work
The project is currently in the Inception phase, which is being used to inform activities in the Implementation phase. Activities in the Inception phase have been designed to understand the climate information needs of Social Protection and resilience stakeholders in the region and to establish the best way to meet these needs. They include:
This project is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The project consortium includes the Met Office, the Walker Institute at the University of Reading, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The project team aim to provide technical assistance and climate information system (CIS) expertise to improve the availability, relevance and use of weather and climate information and help strengthen regional and institutional coordination across six west African Sahelian countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
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