National workshops to raise awareness of regional and national stakeholders about the Volta risk profile for floods and droughts

The 3-days national technical workshop was organized in Accra, Ghana for presenting to the National and regional stakeholders of the Volta Basin region, the Volta risk profile for floods and droughts, based on the results of the risk maps developed by CIMA Research Foundation and VU University researchers with the probabilistic approach. The overall outcome of the workshop was to gather feedbacks and suggestions about recommendations and key messages for an action plan for risk prevention and (mid-to-long term) management strategies.

The National workshop in Accra was attended by more than 20 participants mainly from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), Disaster Management, Water Resources commission, Geographic Institute, Municipal Assembly, etc. 

In the opening ceremony, the honorable Minister Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, from Ministry of Sanitation and Water resources was present with the representative of Volta Basin Authority (VBA), Water Resources Commission (WRC) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Honorable Minister Ms. Dapaah stated ‘Since 2007, floods have virtually become an annual phenomenon in Ghana, especially along the White Volta River and of late the Black Volta and Oti rivers, causing tremendous damage to lives, farmlands, and property. It is therefore reassuring that this national workshop under the ‘Integrating Flood and Drought Management and Early Warning for Climate Change Adaptation in the Volta Basin Project’ has come at an opportune time to increase the knowledge of key stakeholders through flood and drought risk maps, and climate scenarios developed, and engage stakeholders through improved awareness of disaster risk assessment and risk modeling for floods and droughts in the Volta basin.

Similar National workshops are planned in other Volta Basin countries during April and May 2022.

Please check the concept note for additional information: click here to download the file

Press releases: https://newsghana.com.gh/west-african-volta-basin-countries-seek-ways-to-manage-severe-flooding-drought/

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