First Meeting of WASCAL’s Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee will advise the Governing Board and the Executive Director on the direction and alignment of WASCAL’s research agenda. The international committee is composed of renowend scientist from the fields of climate change and land use. The members of the Scientific Advisory Committee are:

Prof. Jimmy Omoniyi Adegoke, Director, Center for Applied Environmental Research (CAER)
Department of Geosciences, University of Missouri Kansas City, USA
Prof. Janos Bogardi, Global Water System Project International Project Office, Germany
Prof. Anna Creti, Université Paris Dauphine, LeDA-CGEMP (Laboratoire d’économie de Dauphine
– Centre de Géopolitique de l’Energie et des matières premières), FRANCE
Dr. Arona Diedhiou, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), LTHE / Université de Grenoble-Alpes, FRANCE
Dr. Daniela Jacob, Climate Services Center 2.0, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, GERMANY
Dr. Ardjouma Thiombiano, Université de Ouagadougou, UFR-SVT, BURKINA FASO
Prof. Adrian Tompkins, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, ITALY
Prof. Adama Traoré, Directeur de Recherche et Consultant en Recherche & Developpement agricoles, MALI
Dr. Hassan Virji, System for Analysis, Research and Training (START),USA

The Committee appointed Prof. Jimmy Omoniyi Adegoke as chairman and Dr. Arona Diedhiou as deputy chairman.

Award for paper: Field Facts for Crop Insurance Design

The paper “Field Facts for Crop Insurance Design: Empirical Evidence from Southern Burkina Faso” written by Dr. William M. FONTA, Dr. Safiétou SANFO, Dr. Boubacar IBRAHIM, and Dr. Boubacar BARRY was selected by Making Finance Work 4 Africa (MFW4A) to receive one of two awards to be given at the African Microfinance Week. The award is donated with EUR 6.000.

A certificate from the Africa Development Bank will be presented during the 1st Plenary Session of the African Microfinance Week “Accelerating innovative rural and agricultural finance in Africa”, that will take place on Tuesday 30 June from 11.30 am to 1 pm. Dr. Boubacar Barry will accept the award on behalf of the whole team of authors.

WASCAL at Global Development Conference

WASCAL students were extremely well represented at this year’s prestigious annual Global Development Conference of Global Development Network (GDN) in Casablanca.
In the highly competitive selection process four WASCAL Students and recent Post Docs from the WASCAL Doctoral Program Climate Change Economics at Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar) made it through the selection and participated in the climate change session. Owodon Afo-Loko (Togo), Aboubakr Gambo Boukary (Niger), Boris Lokonon (Benin), Mikemina Pilo (Togo) were among only 5% of applicants, who were selected and invited for speaker or poster presentations.

Farmers’ innovation contest focal point of Innovation Fair in Burkina Faso

Six farmers from Ghana who have won the WASCAL Innovation Contest over the past three years were given the opportunity to present their agricultural farmer innovations at the Farmer Innovation Fair for West Africa in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa, on May 15-16, 2015.

In addition to the six farmers from Ghana farmers from other West African countries such as Mali, Senegal, Niger, Benin, Togo, Cameroon and Burkina Faso attended the fair. The farmer innovations included institutional, technological (such as in production, processing, treatment of animal diseases and storage), and marketing innovations.

Action at the fair

“The fair attracted a lot of interest and we had politicians, practitioners, researchers, students and farmers visit our stand. It was inspiring and created an optimal environment for networking and the exchange of ideas” says Dr. Tobias Wünscher, senior researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and coordinator of the WASCAL innovation contest. “Our materials on display were in high demand and our innovators even entered into business negotiations in some cases” adds Zimi Alhassan, project partner at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana (MOFA), who joined the fair together with six other partner representatives from NABOCADO, CSIR-SARI and CSIR-ARI.

The Innovation Fair was organized by Prolinova, Inades (Burkina Faso formation) and Réseau MARP. It received funding, among others, from Misereor, the Foundation McKnight and CCAFS (Research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security).


The Farmer Innovation Contest has the following objectives:

1. Identify farmer innovations; 2. Evaluate them, and communicate the best ones to other farmers; 3. Test the impact of the contest on farmers‘ innovative behavior.

Development research commonly expects farming innovations to be generated by universities and research organizations. The innovation potential of farmers is often ignored but should rather be the focus of our work. The advantage of locally generated innovations is that they have been developed under real conditions and constraints and are locally adapted. Therefore, the dissemination potential can be high.

Farmer Innovation Contest facts & figures:

The contest is being announced to farmers through the Ministry of Food & Agriculture (MOFA) and radio channels.
Farmers in Upper East Ghana send in applications with their innovations.
A local committee selects winners.
Winners receive awards, e.g. water pumps, motorbikes, roofing sheets.
So far three contest rounds (2012, 2013, 2014) have taken place. Round 4 is in preparation.
Total of eligible applications by 2014: 222.
Number of winning farmers: six (two per year).
Local partners: MOFA, NABOCADO, CSIR-SARI, CSIR-ARI, farmers.

Nine new graduates at the Doctoral Program Climate Change and Land Use

The students coming from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Nigeria had their Oral Examination on 16th, 17th and 24th April, 2015, at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.

Djidjooh Mathieu Maurice AHOUANSOU: Hydrological Ecosystem Services under Climate Change and Land Use Changes in West Africa: Case study of semi-arid Water Shed, North Benin. Supervisors: Prof. Sampson K. Agodzo and Dr. Luc. O.C. Sintondji. Doctoral Thesis. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Lucette AKPA: Impact of Cashew Expansion on Land Use/ Land Cover Change and Carbon Stocks in the Forest-Savanna Transition Zone of North-East Cote d’Ivoire. Supervisors: Dr. Kyere Boateng, Dr. Dibi N’Da Hyppolite. Doctoral Thesis. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Laouali Mahamadou AMADOU: Simulating Agricultural Land-Use adaptation under the changing climate using Multi-Agent System in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Supervisors: Prof. Nicholas Kyei-Baffour, Dr. Emmanuel Morgan Attua. Doctoral Thesis. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Bernard BAATUUWIE: Multi-Dimensional Approach for Evaluating Land Degradation in the Savannah Belt of the White Volta Basin. Supervisors: Dr. Quang Bao Le, Dr. Wilson Agyei Agyare. Doctoral Thesis. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Biola Kazeem BADMOS: Multi-Agent Simulation Approach on the impact of Agricultural Land-Use Change Adaptation towards the effect of Changing Climate in Semi-Arid Ghana. Supervisors: Prof. Sampson K. Agodzo, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai. Doctoral Thesis. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Boundia THIOMBIANO: Exploring soil nutrient management and production performances to support building smallholder farms’ resilience to climate change: Case of South Western Burkina Faso. Supervisors: Dr. Quang Bao Le, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, Dr. Denis Ouedraogo. Doctoral Thesis. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Demba TRAWALLY: Modelling heat stress and the impact of climate change on maize yield and biomass in Northern Region of Ghana. Supervisors: Dr. Wilson Agyei Agyare, Dr. Thomas Gaiser, Dr. Mathias Fosu. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Nat Prempeh OWUSU: Soil respiration across predominant land uses in the Vea catchment in the Sudan Savannah zone, North East of Ghana. Supervisors: Dr. Leonard K. Amekudzi, Dr. Kyere Boateng. Doctoral Thesis. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.

Souleymane Sidi TRAORE: Long-term vegetation Dynamics over the Bani River’s Basin as Impacted by Climate Change and Land Use. Supervisors: Prof. Eric Kwabena Forkuo, Dr. Tobias Landmann. Doctoral Thesis. Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.


Prof. Samuel Odai
Department of Agricultural Engineering
Kumasi, Ghana
Email: snodai(at)

Can commercial cellphone providers help to gather high quality rainfall information?

The knowledge of spatio-temporal distribution of precipitation is of crucial importance for the scientific understanding of the regional hydrological cycle and for sustainable water management. High quality rainfall information is the prerequisite for e.g. decision making in agriculture, the operation of hydroelectric power production and also urban flash flood warning. Installation- and maintenance costs in combination with limited financial abilities make it more and more difficult for national meteorological and hydrological services to provide precipitation information in requested high spatial and temporal resolution on a country wide scale, particularly in West Africa.

It is the microwave links operated by commercial cellphone providers that may allow now for highly valuable complementary precipitation information: the attenuation occurring between emitted and received power at the link antennas highly correlates with precipitation intensity along the link-paths. Advantage is that the technical infrastructure, i.e. the MW-link network, is already in operation and maintained by the companies. While data retrieval techniques and respective algorithm development has proceeded in Europe and the Near East in the last years, great potential is particularly seen in the general data scarce region of West Africa. WASCAL has now co-sponsored and organized a 4-day workshop in Ouagadougou on this technique, jointly with experts from the University of Ouagadougou, Germany (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and University of Augsburg), France (IRD and GET), The Netherlands (University of Wageningen and KNMI), Israel (Tel Aviv University), and Switzerland (EAWAG), forming jointly the Raincell Africa initiative.

87 students, scientists and met service representatives from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Togo, Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon and the US followed the scientific presentations of the international experts and a 2 day training course offered by the experts from KIT, University of Wageningen and KNMI. Topics included the physics of microwave attenuation, the detection of wet and dry periods under a noisy received signal level, and the explicit rain rate estimation. Further focus was set on the effect of wet antennas and the spatial interpolation of individual link information. Algorithms were based on two public domain and open source programming languages, namely Python and R. It is particularly the use of these free open source software environments that can foster a wide distribution and application of the tools at West African universities, research institutes, met services or climate service centers like WASCAL. First MW-link attenuation data were already made available from TELECEL to the University of Ouagadougou. Representatives of the participating cellphone company TELMOB/ONATEL started now to elaborate further steps jointly with WASCAL and the University of Ouagadougou to realize an automatic and even countrywide data access, -analysis and -use.

Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann and Dr. Boubacar Barry, WASCAL, organizing committee of the Raincell Africa Workshop.

New Project: “Invest in Water”

An array of agricultural water management (AWM) and resource recovery & reuse (RRR) solutions have been proposed in the Volta and Niger River basins. These aim to improve agricultural productivity in different ways. They focus on various points along the transition between rural and urban landscapes, or between rainfed and irrigated farming. But are all these solutions effective and if so, how effective are they? Which solution should one choose in a certain context as the most appropriate for success? To answer these and more questions the project will assess the potential for wider use of agricultural water management and resource recovery & reuse solutions in the Volta and Niger river basins.

Researchers are specifically examining four topics: 1.) small water infrastructure for small holder irrigation, 2.) drip irrigation, 3.) safe and productive waste water reuse, and 4.) nutrient and organic matter recovery from waste. They are analyzing the social, economic and environmental effects of these interventions – alone and in combination – in the landscape. To achieve this they are mapping ecosystem services, assessing their benefits and trade-offs and examining business opportunities and gender and equity issues. Researchers will be working with, and supporting, up to twelve masters students, from Ghana and Burkina Faso, who are contributing to the project.

WASCAL’s focus and contribution within the Project will be to evaluate the actual or potential effects of the four selected AWM and RRR interventions in the delivery of multiple ecosystem services (ESS) in Burkina Faso and Ghana.

The project aims are to improve productivity, food security, livelihoods and environmental health. Producing RRR and AWM investment guides, policy briefs, technical reports and by conducting a variety of workshops, training and other key stakeholder engagement activities, researchers will:

Enable potential investors (farmers, donors, NGOs and the private sector) to better target AWM and RRR investments and other initiatives.
Provide evidence-based guidance to government agencies to help inform policy formulation on sustainable AWM and RRR interventions.
Build local capacity among government institutions, MSc students and others.
Foster increased public-private partnerships (PPP) and investments in sustainable AWM and RRR interventions.
Improve adoption rates of these solutions, especially by women, by providing gender-differentiated analysis and identifying opportunities to overcome gender-specific adoption barriers.

The Supporting Investment Decisions in Water and Land Management Across the Rural-Urban Continuum in the Volta – Niger Focal Region project aims to offer recommendations on what to use where, provide indications of business focused feasibility and identify successful strategies for expanding the use and benefits of these solutions. The project is one of six research projects under the Volta-Niger Focal Region of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and will be funded for two years with about 700.000 USD. WLE is a global research program promoting a new integrated approach to sustainable intensification.

Main Funding Partners:

CGIAR Research Program on Water Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

Main Cooperation Partners:

IWMI – International Water Management Institute, Accra, Ghana
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
iDE BurkinaFaso
Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Republic of Ghana (Women in Agricultural Development )
WASCAL – West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use


William M. Fonta, PhD

Senior Economist

WASCAL Competence Center

Off Tel: +226 50375423

Cell: +226 64429239

Email: fonta.w(at)

First batch of PhD Students graduated at Climate Change Economics School in Dakar

The following six students defended their theses successfully in front of an academic committee on April 13-15, 2015:

Pilo Mikemina from Togo. His doctoral thesis was about Collective action and farmers’ private climate change adaptation strategies in the Savanna region in Togo.

Elhadji Iro Illa from Niger wrote his thesis on Integrated assessment of vulnerability of rural households to climate stress across regional levels in Niger.

Yameogo Bindayaboa Thomas from Burkina Faso did his doctoral research on Social capital and farmers’ adaptations strategies to climate change in Burkina Faso.

John Appah from Ghana wrote his doctoral thesis about Psycho-socioeconomic analysis of rural farm communities’ risk perception and adaptive behavioural responses to climate change and variability in the Atankwidi River Basin of Northern Ghana.

Boris Lokonon from Benin wrote his thesis about Vulnérabilité des agriculteurs et des communautés, résilience aux chocs climatiques et stratégies d’adaptation dans le Bassin du Niger au Bénin.

Raymond Jatta from The Gambia graduated about Climate risk management strategies for rural communities in The Gambia and Senegal. Assessing the usefulness of cereal banking.

The ceremony in Dakar on April 17 was attended by the following officials:

Professor Ahmadou Aly Mbaye, Director of the WASCAL-UCAD program;
Dr. Mamadou Ouattara, Director of the PhD WASCAL program;
Dr. Laurent Sedogo, WASCAL Executive Director and Prof. Moudibo Haidara, Head of the WASCAL Governing Board;
Dr. Tobias Wünscher, Senior Researcher at ZEF and lecturerer at WASCAL-UCAD, representing ZEF-Director Professor von Braun;
Bernhard Kampmann, Ambassador of Germany in Senegal;
Abdoulaye Balde, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal.

The ceremony was broadcast on RTS1 (Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise) on April 22, 2015. You can watch the tv-report below.

98 doctoral and 60 master students have been enrolled in the complete WASCAL program to date. Twenty of the master students and 16 of the doctoral students (including the six in Senegal) have completed their studies.


Inauguration of the WASCAL Headquarters

On March 27, 2015 the headquarters of WASCAL was officially inaugurated in Accra, Ghana. As part of the ceremony the first graduates of the WASCAL doctoral program West African Climate System, led by the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria, were presented with their graduation certificates from WASCAL. Representatives of the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS), government representatives of Germany, various Ambassadors in Ghana and the ten participating West African countries, as well as partners from universities and research institutions attended the ceremony.

The move to the new WASCAL building and the inauguration of the headquarters on March 27, in Accra mark important steps in establishing WASCAL as a regional and international institution in the long run. As an additional cause for celebration, the first ten students of the WASCAL Doctoral Program received their graduation certificates. Coming from different WASCAL countries, the students graduated from the Doctoral Program “West African Climate System” located at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Nigeria, where they worked on such topics as micrometeorology, climate modeling, impact studies in hydrology and agriculture, rainfall onset and secession, extreme events such as droughts as well as rainfall recovery over West Africa. Dr. Laurent Sédogo, the Executive Director of WASCAL, acknowledged the ten graduates as the first doctoral students to graduate from the WASCAL Doctoral Program. Ten more doctoral students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana will defend their thesis in the coming weeks adding up to a total of 98 PhD and 40 MSc Students that will be graduating by the end of the year 2015.

At the inauguration ceremony for the new headquarters the international organization was honored by high-ranking guests from all WASCAL countries and Germany. Honourable Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, the Minister of State of Ghana, who presented a speech on behalf of the Vice President, Mr. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, described WASCAL as a very important developmental tool through which science and education could interface to find appropriate responses to the phenomenon of climate change and its attendant adverse effects on the livelihood of people. „For the millions of people and the subregion, WASCAL is a source of hope that our environment
can be managed in a sustainable manner to ensure the future and the generations yet unborn“, he further emphasized and stressed that climate change is a threat to the basic foundation of the lives of the people of West Africa as about 80 per cent depend on agriculture. Similarly, the use of natural resources for their livelihood and agriculture contribute about 50 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of most countries in the region. He commended the German government for the support it continues to give WASCAL and further gave assurances that Ghana would continue to support WASCAL to ensure that the ECOWAS region collectively
benefited from its work.

The milestone that was achieved with the commission of the WASCAL headquarters in enhancing the visibility of science in West Africa was welcomed by Mr. Wilfried Kraus. The BMBF’s representative further expressed that WASCAL’s continued efforts will strengthen the long-lasting cooperation between African and German universities and research institutions, support working and career options for scientists in Africa, and strengthen the capabilities of the scientists and organizations in Africa to manage and to implement knowledge for their own objective over time.

Populations, natural resources and rural resiliencies to climate change in the North Benin – Workshop

The workshop was organized around four main themes and aimed to give greater visibility to research activities of WASCAL in Benin and to stimulate discussions and exchange among researchers, local communities and authorities on strategies of resilience to environmental and climate changes.

The four themes of the workshop were:

Challenges of field research in the study of populations and environmental and climate change
Collected data documentary relationship on environmental/climate change and population dynamics in northern Benin
Rural resilience to Climate Change in the northern Benin
Local resilience actions versus interim results Restitution

Chaired by the representative of the municipality of Matéri, the workshop was opened by Adolphe Sétondji Avocanh, Coordinator of the Dassari Watershed. During his welcome speech he stressed the importance of a constructive exchange on climate change effects, population dynamics and the impact of these changes on existing natural resources. He further presented WASCAL and its objectives, its centers of interests and the role of the involved stakeholders.

Papa Sow (WASCAL, ZEF), who initiated the workshop, emphazised the importance of exchange between all invited actors for a better understanding of climate change and its impacts on natural resources in the region. He further outlied the workshop objectives and presented his research on climate change and population dynamics, where he and his team focus on social aspects of climate change with a perspective from the social sciences to find solution-oriented approaches to adverse effects related to climate and extreme natural events.

The workshop offered an opportunity to present and discuss the interim research results with the participants and to submit the interim results to critical examination. The participants gave valuable feedback and supported the research with additional information. After two days of debate the discussions among participants of the workshop diverged on to the possibility of an institutional partnership, writing scientific research projects under the umbrella of WASCAL and future collaborations between scientists, local populations and policy makers.

Organization Committee

Adolphe Sétondji Avocanh, WASCAL Coordination Unit of the Dassari watershed in Tanguiéta.
Email: a.avocanh(at)
Phones: 0022995151808 / 00229-97540798/ 00229-90987818

Jane Maureen Ngonjock
Email: janescorpy(at)

Yasmina Adebi, Téléphone: 0022997160464
Email: yadebi(at)

Scientific Committee

Papa Sow, Researcher, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn (Germany)
Boubacar Barry, Director of the WASCAL Competence Center, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
William Fonta, Researcher WASCAL Competence Center Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Karen Greenough, Researcher WASCAL Competence Center Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Daniel Callo-Concha, Researcher, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn (Germany)
Kiansi Yantibossi, Executive Secretary U-AVIGREF
N´Sera Midama Parfait, Head of Ecology Service, Pendjari National Park

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ReHCONS Workshop: Connecting West Africa’s Meteorological and Hydrological Services in a Regional Observation Network

Approximately 80 experts from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, research institutions and universities of the WASCAL mandate region participated in the workshop. The workshop was opened by Dr. Laurent Sédogo, Executive Director of WASCAL, Dr. Dr. Dietrich Pohl, Ambassador of the German Embassy in Ouagadougou, and Prof. Filiga Michel Sawadogo, Minister of Secondary, Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Currently, the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NHHS) face many challenges to maintain their data collection stations and to provide conclusive meteorological and hydrological data. The network density of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services is low in many West African countries and below standards recommended by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Frequent failures in equipment lead to gaps in the data records. The NMHS stated problems concerning data archiving, quality control and analysis including deficiencies in staff number (mostly affected by personnel retirement) and capacity building.

Dr. Laurent Sédogo, Executive Director of WASCAL, stressed the importance of working together in the effort to combat climate change: “It is only together that we can handle the issue of climate change. Not every single country has the scientific capacity, the human capacity, and the technical capacity to tackle climate change. For the northern countries climate change may be a scenario of the future, but we in West Africa, we already live the reality of climate change.” “WASCAL aims to assess, connect and enhance the existing national observation networks”, explains Dr. Boubacar Barry, director of the WASCAL Competence Center. “Such cooperation would benefit all participants.” WASCAL will provide the networks with a number of stations to fill the gaps in the network. Training of staff members will further contribute to a successful running of the stations. WASCAL’s data infrastructure will serve as a shared dissemination platform. Based on the data provided by the national services, WASCAL in return will be able to improve models, climate change scenarios and offer climate service to stakeholders for the West African region.

The workshop followed two regional workshops organized by WASCAL in August 2010 during which the Directors and representatives of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services presented the history and the current situation of their respective organizations, on tasks, weaknesses and strengths as well as their expectations of how WASCAL can support and strengthen the West African observation networks on climate and water resources. “Following up with the results from the workshops in 2010, we now established a timeline and agreed on a communique to line out the further steps towards the establishment of the Regional Hydro-Climate Observation Network. Another important result was the drafting of a joint Data Sharing Policy, which regulates the rights and regulations concerning data exchange” summarized Dr. Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla, Coordinator of the WASCAL Observation Networks.


Coordinator Observation Networks: Dr. M. B. Sylla, sylla.b(at), syllabamba(at)

Press and Public Relations: Jelana Vajen, press(at)

OUR CLIMATE: THINK.ACT.CHANGE! – Inauguration of the Climate Change Awareness Park for Children

The Mmofra Foundation Climate Change Awareness Park for Children was inaugurated by the Minister of Lands and Mineral Resources of Ghana, Mr. Nii Osah Mills, in presence of the ambassador of Germany in Ghana, Mr. John Ruediger, the Executive Director of WASCAL, Dr. Laurent Sedogo, the Chairperson of the Mmofra Foundation Board of Directors, Mr. Christian Reindorf, the Director of the Foundation, Prof Esi Sutherland, a representative of the British High Commission in Ghana and several other personalities.
Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change. It helps young people understand and address the impact of global warming. In view of the above, the German Embassy in Ghana funded a Climate Change Awareness and Education project developed by Mmofra Foundation in collaboration with WASCAL MRP Climate Change Education / University of The Gambia. The Project seeks to extend the impact of Mmofra Foundation’s unique community children’s park and to give the students of the WASCAL MRP Climate change and education hands-on experience in the area of education and awareness raising concerns on climate change.

In his address during the ceremony, Dr. Sedogo expressed WASCAL’s appreciation to the Germany embassy for funding and giving the opportunity to students to have a hands on experience and support their journey to raise the awareness of younger generations. He also mentioned that the initiative also provided WASCAL a platform to extend its activities to the broader community through partnership with a nongovernmental organization – the Mmofra Foundation. During the ceremony, the children actively participated in the amusement and entertainment of the audience through performance of sketch which were very educative and informative.
The exhibition for the climate change awareness park for children was officially launched by the Hon.Minister. The items displayed for the exhibition were conceptualized by the WASCAL students. They also served as the facilitators and guides throughout the exhibitions. The things that were displayed at the exhibition were in a chronological order in which visitors moved from the general information about the climate to the causes, effects, adaptation, mitigation and the way forward of climate change. The last two features to be seen were the aquaponics and the biofuel toilet. The project climate change awareness park for children which has been officially launched will contribute to raise public awareness especially children on climate change. It is of great importance that the child, future leader be aware that when the last tree dies the last man will die.

By the students MRP & Climate Education, UTG.


Dr. Musa Sowe
Director Master’s Research Program Climate Change and Education
Email: msowe(at)