A regional project to strengthen flood and drought management and early warnings in the Volta Basin has been selected by the Adaptation Fund portfolio monitoring mission in order to highlight implementation experience that will benefit future projects.
The project, financed by the Adaptation Fund and implemented by WMO, seeks to reduce vulnerability and increase the adaptive capacity of communities to respond to the impacts of climate change in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, and Togo.
WMO is presently participating in the Adaptation Fund Portfolio Monitoring Mission to the “Integrating Flood and Drought Management and Early Warning for Climate Change Adaptation in the Volta Basin (VFDM)” regional project. The mission seeks to gather experience, and lessons learned about the effectiveness of the transboundary implementation of integrated flood and drought management strategies.
The monitoring mission outcomes aim to enhance capacity and knowledge to improve the design and increase the effectiveness of future adaptation projects/programs, inform Adaptation Fund decision making, enhance transparency and improve the Fund’s overall effectiveness.
The Adaptation Fund delegation visited Cotonou, Benin to have consultations with the national agencies as well as conducted a community visit to Tabota Village in Northern Benin where the project has successfully implemented community-based approaches to flood and drought management.
Adaptation Fund and VFDM project partners (WMO, Volta Basin Authority, and Global Water Partnership-West Africa) subsequently conducted a national consultation meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, with various authorities (national meteorological and hydrological services, water resources, civil protection, environment, and climate change). A similar consultation meeting with the national agencies and community visits are planned in Ghana.