Establishing climate adaptation strategies based on robust and relevant data is a concern for countries in the context of climate variability. However, the availability and appropriate use of hydro-climatic data remains a challenge in planning and monitoring robust climate policies, especially in West Africa. The AGRHYMET Regional Centre is strengthening access to hydro-climatic data in the West African region, as well as the capacity to use these data by agro-hydro-climatic stakeholders with the support of the GCCA+ West Africa project, funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France, under the political leadership of ECOWAS and in partnership with CILSS.
The availability of these data allows States and regional institutions to have better visibility regarding the real vulnerability of populations and to ensure better coordination in the implementation and monitoring of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This information also strengthens the relevance of adaptation and disaster reduction measures at the local and national levels through the forecasting of hydrological and climatic risks via warnings, the integration of adaptation strategies into risk management, etc.