Terms of reference for the selection of one student enrolled at master level to benefit from financial support for their master’s thesis

Context/general introduction While many countries recognize adaptation as an important component of their responses to climate change, little guidance on how to operationalize adaptation goals exists. There is thus a need for science-based adaptation planning, which requires sound climate risk analyses and assessment of potential adaptation strategies. To address this issue, the in-depth studies of Continue Reading

BMBF FUNDS 3 MILLION EURO GREEN HYDROGEN PROGRAMME ON SOLAR PV POWER PLANTS IN WEST AFRICA

WASCAL, in partnership with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, (BMBF), has officially launched the Project “Optimizing Solar PV for Green Hydrogen Production in West Africa (PV2H)”, coupled with the BIO2H and bioenergy feasibility studies in Burkina Faso, as part of strategies to contribute to the promotion of the development of green hydrogen Continue Reading

OPTIMIZING SOLAR PV FOR GREEN HYDROGEN PRODUCTION IN WEST AFRICA (PV2H)

In Africa, people’s access to energy is a real challenge that slows down the economic and social development of countries. This situation is particularly true in West Africa where more than 200 million people representing about 60% of the population do not have access to modern energy services. Most countries have low electrification rates, with Continue Reading

THE LIVING LAB OF WEST AFRICA CALLS SUSTAINABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT IN OUAGA

Each year, thousands of households in the city of Ouagadougou are affected with flooding.  These recurrent floods are the result of clogged drainage systems in the city. In view of the situation in recent years, the I-CHANGE project, through the West African Living Lab (LLWA) in collaboration with the municipality of Ouagadougou, has organised a Continue Reading

WRITING THE SUCCESS STORY OF INFORMATICS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE: 2ND BATCH OF WASCAL SCHOLARS GRADUATE

Eleven West African students have successfully graduated from the WASCAL Graduate Studies scholarship programme in Informatics for Climate Change at the University Joseph Ki Zerbo of Ouagadougou. The master’s programme, which was instituted to fill the gap in capacity building for a critical mass of experts with adequate scientific computation and climate data management skills Continue Reading

EXCHANGE AMONG RESEARCHERS: KICK-OFF EVENT OF GERMAN-AFRICAN CLIMATE PROTECTION PROJECTS IN WEST AFRICA

On 28 and 29 April 2022, around 60 participants addressed the current research status of the six “WRAP2.0” projects and their role for West Africa. The research programme “WRAP2.0” of the WASCAL Science Service Centre is funded by the BMBF. In November 2021, the starting signal was given for six German-African collaborative projects in the Continue Reading

TOWARDS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PARIS AGREEMENT: INDEPENDENT GLOBAL STOCKTAKE HUB PROJECT LAUNCHED

The WASCAL Competence Centre, Ouagadougou, has hosted the official inception workshop of the Independent Global Stocktake (iGST) West Africa Regional Hub Project. The objective of the workshop was to officially launch the project and provide foundational information about the ongoing engagements of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the formal GST process through the iGST Continue Reading

CITIZEN ACTIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENT: THE LIVING LAB OF WEST AFRICA

Kick-off meeting of the Living Laboratory of West Africa (LLWA) under the I-CHANGE project (“Individual Change of HAbits Needed for Green European transition, EU-H2020 # 101037193), has been held at The WASCAL Competence Centre, Ouagadougou. The workshop was aimed at establishing the framework of stakeholders, the lab’s eco-citizen research, and actions mechanism to involve citizens Continue Reading

WASCAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND INFORMATICS SCHOLARS VISIT COMPETENCE CENTRE

As part of their training, WASCAL scholars pursuing masters in Climate Change and Informatics at the University Joseph Ky- Zerbo of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, visited the WASCAL automatic weather station in Bossa and research facilities at the Competence Centre in Ouagadougou.  The objective of the visit, which was the first of its kind, for Continue Reading

WASCAL DONATES THREE AUTOMATIC HYDRO SENSORS TO THE GAMBIA WITH SUPPORT FROM BMBF

The WASCAL Competence Centre has donated three automatic hydro sensors to the government of the Gambia to help facilitate data collection and sharing and utilization for research, education, capacity building and the provision of hydrological services for the country. In his address, Honourable James Gomez, the Minister of Fisheries and Water Resources, on behalf of Continue Reading

WASCAL AND KfW SIGN MoU TO COMMENCE €7 MILLION COMPETENCE CENTRE

WASCAL has signed a financing agreement with KfW for the construction of the new Competence Centre in Ouagadougou. The signing ceremony took place at the premises of the Competence Centre in Ouagadougou.    The signing of this contract was a historical moment, for it is an important prerequisite for the construction of the building. The Continue Reading