As part of its efforts to contribute to increasing the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change, and to reduce vulnerability, WASCAL will be engaging global actors in the use of novelty technologies such as  Artificial Intelligence(AI) which is perceived as a tool designed for the adoption and promotion of the delivery of efficient climate services and actions.

Prof. Kehinde Ogunjobi, Director of Research, WASCAL, will be leading other panel members in this groundbreaking discussion at the ongoing COP27 in Egypt, where some 33,000 state and non-state actors from more than 196 countries and territories have met in a 14-day Conference on Climate Change.

In a statement by the Executive Director of WASCAL, Dr. Moumini Savadogo was optimistic about the immense role of artificial intelligence in the fight against climate change.

“With the adoption of AI, WASCAL is willing to learn more from the past to better assess the present and to be able to forecast, predict and project more accurately the future.” He said.

WASCAL is currently playing a pivotal role in Africa in setting up a hub of Artificial intelligence through its collaboration with some key partners such RUFORUM, AKADEMIYA 2063 and other relevant partners in AI. The hub is building capacities across the continent in various climate change areas including Climate Hazards and disaster risks assessment, improving climate change projection over Africa, collecting data and contributing to climate change policy development and harmonization.

The side event will be conducted through panel discissions and contributions from the participants. The estimated programme will be for a period of 2hrs. WASCAL will also use the opportunity of the side event to showcase her activities at CoP27. The venue will be the West African Pavilion from 4:00pm to 5:30pm(+2GMT) Egyptian time.