Our Desired Impact

West Africa has a history of prolonged and severe droughts, most notably in its semi-arid Sahelian region. With respect to future climate, a lack of understanding and consensus is a limiting factor for decision-makers in West Africa. Providing measures for future climate changes and of the associated uncertainties in: seasonal rainfall, High Impact Weather and their impacts, allows risk-based information to feed into pathways approaches of decision making.

By involving scientists, decision makers and other stakeholders, we aim to promote the co-production and ownership of decisions sensitive to climate variability and change.

Our two pilot studies, focus on flooding in the City of Ouagadougou and on Climate-Smart agriculture intensification and adaptation in Senegal, provide in-depth examples of the benefits that can arise from access to excellent and relevant research for decision makers. Building on this work we have two additional studies looking at the sanitation flow in the city of Ouagadougou, and the impact of climate change on coastal fisheries in Senegal.

Through these partnerships we aim to communicate science in an appropriate way to the right decision/policy makers & showing how it fits their policy needs

Our Impact Case Studies demonstrate how the collaborations within AMMA2050 have strengthened scientists’ capacities to develop decision-relevant climate information and how that has increased the capacities of users/decision making bodies/institutions to appropriately integrate climate information within medium-term decision-making. More and more flooding in Ouagadougou and The production of the Climate Metric Atlas.