WASCAL in partnership with ECOWAS has launched research project to identify the impact of climate change and adaptation cost on agriculture, water sector and coastal zones in West Africa.

This study will contribute to the vision of ECOWAS strategic programme on the reduction of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change: “by the end of 2030, all countries of West Africa will (or is expected) have the human, technical and financial resources necessary to protect their human and natural systems from the adverse effects of climate change”.

The objectives of the workshop were to bring together stakeholders to discuss the technical methodology, work plan, data needs and timeline for the validation of deliverables.

The workshop was jointly presided over by Dr. Moumini Savadogo, Executive Director of WASCAL and Mr. Bernard Koffi, the representative of ECOWAS

In his welcome address Dr. Moumini Savadogo, thanked ECOWAS for the trust and continuous support. He reiterated that all countries in the region should be involved in the actions to mitigate the impacts of Climate Change and that required all parties to join hands to deliver quality scientific reports to accelerate adaptation against Climate Change in the region.

Mr. Bernard Koffi, reciprocally thanked WASCAL for the fruitful collaboration and expressed his confidence that the study will come out with good results in terms of adaptation and mitigation in the region.

The workshop was attended by representatives of Ministries in charge of Environment and Climate Change, Agriculture, Water Resources in the sub-region, regional and international organizations, NGOs, and the media, with key discussions cutting across technical methodology, work plan, data needs and timeline to the validation of deliverables.

Discussions were articulated on the following packages: Coordination, synergies and organizing workshops, trends in Climate Change variability, adaptation options and cost estimates, impacts on water resources and coastal zones, hydrological modelling  and  coastal vulnerability.