During 21st- 23rd September 2021, 15 National Technicians from Burkina Faso are participating to the three-day National training workshop on flood and drought risk mapping for the Volta Basin region, organized at Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. These risk maps development trainings are organized as part of the project “Integrating flood and drought management and early warning for adaptation to climate change in the Volta Basin (VFDM)” implemented by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Volta Basin Authority (ABV) and the Global Water Partnership in West Africa (GWP-AO), and financed by the Adaptation Fund.
During the three days, the technicians, through the technical support of CIMA Research Foundation and VU University, will work on developing the necessary knowledge for the assessment of vulnerability and impact to floods and drought risks: main focus will be on methodological approach for the evaluation of drought exposure, as well as flood impact, with a scenario-based approach (i.e. based on a defined return period for hazard maps to be considered).
Similar national workshops with local technicians are planned also in the other 5 countries of the Volta Basin during the month of September and October 2021.
The overall project outcome will eventually allow member countries to have flood and drought risk maps for a more appropriate and effective preparedness and response to climate change events.