Volta Flood and Drought Management Project is aligned with the Adaptation Fund objective to
‘’reduce vulnerability and increase adaptive capacity of communities to respond to the impacts of climate change at the local, national and regional levels.’’
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Ghana, December 2019
National Consultation Meeting in Accra
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Information on the Volta Basin

The Volta Basin is one of the most vulnerable region in West Africa due to its high exposure and low adaptive capacity to water-related disasters. This area has been affected by climate change events such as flood and drought, generating social, economic and environmental losses to almost two million people over the last 20 years. Key affected stakeholders are mainly people working in the agricultural sector as around 68% of the population in the basin is largely dependent on agriculture.

The Volta Basin project entitled Integrating Flood and Drought Management and Early Warning for Climate Change Adaptation in the Volta Basin’ has the ambition to provide the first large scale and transboundary implementation of Integrated Flood and Drought Management by empowering the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) and other competent authorities of the six riparian countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo) with robust solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation, including capacity development for green solutions and gender sensitive participatory approaches. An Early Warning System will be designed to reach the civil protection services and other private and public stakeholders.


The main objectives

Develop capacity and established frameworks at the local, national and regional levels to ensure risk informed decision-making;

Develop concrete adaptation and environmentally friendly actions with an integrated approach

Strengthening policy and institutional capacity for integrated flood and drought management at the local, national and trans-boundary levels

The three main components

Component 1
Risk Prevention

  • Risk maps
  • Climate scenarios
  • Ecosystem services
  • Long-term risk management strategy

Component 2
Concrete adaptation and stakeholder engagement

  • Early warning system
  • Pilot sites
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Gender mainstreaming

Component 3

  • Strengthening resilience
  • Capacity building of policy-makers
  • Local collaboration

The Flood and Drought Volta project will assist the six countries through

Coordinated and Joint measures that will be implemented and improve their existing management plans at the regional, national and local levels building on the lessons learned from the past and current projects related to disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation

Integrated water resources management, risk maps and development of early warning systems: To increase resilience to floods and droughts and ensure socio-economic sustainable development

Climate adaptation issues will be considered, ensuring transversal solutions from governance to technical and decision-making