Pathways towards tailored climate and environment service delivery system in Africa tabled for discussion

21 June 2018, Accra: The Contributions of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, and Africa (GMES and Africa) in setting up tailored climate and environmental services delivery system in Africa has been tabled for discussion.

It was discussed during the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) science Symposium, which was held at Tang Palace Hotel in Accra, Ghana from 19 to 21 June 2018.

In his keynote address, Dr. Tidiane Ouattara, Space Science Expert and GMES and Africa Support Programme coordinator at the African Union Commission, underlines the importance of users’ engagement, demand driven service delivery approach and synergy among climate and environmental service providers paves the way to set up tailored services to wider range of users in Africa. Working on already identified regional priorities, building on lessons from precursor initiatives, end users’ need survey and experiences of partners are key principles that lead to tailor made services added Dr. Outtara.

The Opening Ceremony and high level panel of WASCAL Science forum was commemorated by Deputy Minister of Environment, Science and Technology of Ghana, Hon. Patricia Appiagyei, Executive Director of WASCAL Dr. Moumini Savadogo, The German Ambassador to Ghana H. E. Christoph Retzlaff, Prof. Rene Haak – Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany, Mr. Bougonou Kouassivi DJERI-ALASSANI Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources Sector- ECOWAS among others.

Scientists, Experts, Farmers, Policy Makers, Donors and Students attended the Science Symposium discussed efforts at reducing the vulnerability of the West African people to climate variability and change during the three days WASCAL Science Symposium.

The GMES and Africa Support Programme is an African Union Programme. The programme is co-financed by the European Commission and the African Union Commission. The Programme uses Earth Observation data for marine and terrestrial applications in Africa. In West Africa the GMES and Africa is implemented by three lead consortia: University of Ghana based in Ghana, Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) based in Senegal, and Obafemi Awolowo University based in Nigeria.

WASCAL is a large scale research-focused Climate Service Center funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It is established to enhance the resilience of socio-ecological systems to climate change and increase volatility. Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo are Member States of WASCAL.