Implementing Climate-Sensitive Adaptation Strategies to Reduce Flood Risk in the Transboundary Lower Mono River Catchment in Togo and Benin – The Project CLIMAFRI
Yvonne Walz1, Kouami Kokou2,4, Julien Adounkpe3,4, Moumini Savadogo4, Aymar Bossa4, Akpamou Kokouvi Gbétey5, Martin Pépin Aina6,3, Mariele Evers7, Adrian Almoradie7, Rholan Houngue7, Sophie Thiam8, Sarah Verleysdonk8, Gesine Schiewer9, Victor Kpokpoya9, Kaj Lippert10, Gernot Belger10, Michael Hagenlocher1, Yannick Schillinger1, Simon Wagner1, Lorina Schudel1, Zita Sebesvari1
1United Nations University, Inst. for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Germany
Floods have affected more people than any other type of disaster in the 21st century (CRED. Natural Disasters 2018. https://emdat.be/sites/default/files/adsr_2018.pdf). Many countries in West Africa suffer severely from the destructive violence of floods caused by heavy rainfall events, which are expected to increase in frequency and severity with projections of climate change. In the transboundary Mono River Basin of Togo and Benin, floods occur with very high frequency causing deaths and losses of existential livelihoods of the local people. The combination of frequent flood events together with the overuse of natural resources and a lack of information and knowledge about the interrelationships, demonstrate the great need for intervention in this area, which was communicated by African partners from science and national government and led to the joint development of the CLIMAFRI project presented here.
Keywords: Adaptation, climate change, flood risk, information system, West Africa
Contact Address: Yvonne Walz, United Nations University, Inst. for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1, 53113 Bonn, Germany, e-mail: walzehs.unu.edu