People Centered Climate Services in the Sahel

Funder

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Project Team

Walker Institute, Met Office, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Partners

Walker Institute, Met Office, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Timescales

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Country/Region

Senegal Mali Mauritania Burkina Faso Niger Chad

Key Contact

Helen Ticehurst

Keywords

weather, climate, climate information, resiliance

Status

Current

Background

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.

CLIMATE SERVICE NEEDS AND KNOWLEDGE GAPS

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.

ADAPTIVE SOCIAL PROTECTION

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.

KEY OBJECTIVES

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

  • Use climate science to improve the availability, relevance and use of weather and climate information across the Sahel and to support the BRACED programme deliverables for early warning and shock responsive social protection
  • Improve regional and institutional coordination on the production, dissemination and use of weather and climate information services

INCPETION PHASE

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:

  • Evidence Gathering - Literature review, Stakeholder mapping, surveys/interviews and situational assessments;
  • Assessments of lessons learned and evidence from practice;
  • Review of existing early warning and shock responsive social protection systems;
  • Development of a set of use cases;
  • Communications and political economy analysis;
  • Multi-stakeholder outreach activities.

ABOUT

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.