Reducing West Africa's Vulnerability to Climate Impacts on Water Resources, Wetlands and Desertification

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Publication Title

Reducing West Africa's Vulnerability to Climate Impacts on Water Resources, Wetlands and Desertification

Elements for a Regional Strategy for Preparedness and Adaptation

Publication Type

Report, IUCN- The World Conservation Union

Author(s)

Edited by Madiodio Niasse, Abel afouda, and Abou Amani

Publication Date

2004

ISBN-ISSN-EAN

2-8317-0782-X

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Contents

Summary

West Africa is among the most vulnerable regions to climate change worldwide. The often disastrous impact of climate variability and extreme events over the past thirty years is a striking illustration and a harbinger of this vulnerability. It is therefore urgent that decision makers and the general public in West Africa be fully sensitised on the climatic challenges facing the region and actions to be taken, to enhance the region's level of preparedness in order to cope with the predictable impacts of climate variability and change and the associate extreme events.This document contributes to achieving this objective.

This document was prepared in a participatory manner through a process of open dialogue involving various categories of stakeholders. The process started during the last quarter of 2001 and was jointly conducted by the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), the West African Water Partnership (GWP-WAWP) and the West Africa Regional Office of IUCN- The World Conservation Union (IUCN-BRAO). This dialogue is part of a global process of national and regional dialogues whose estabilshment was decided during the second World Water Forum in 2000. The overall objective of the dialogue in West Africa is to establish a regional forum enabling stakeholders from various backgrounds to exchange views on the impacts of climate variability and change on water resources and aquatic ecosystems in West Africa.

References

See also

Western Africa

Climate Change

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Attachments

 Reducing West Africa's Vulnerability to Climate Impacts on Water Resources, Wetlands and Desertification.pdf  Intro.pdf  Ch1 Regional Context.pdf  Ch2 Climate impacts.pdf  Ch3 Preparedness level.pdf  Ch4 Goals and objectives of regional strategy.pdf  Ch5 Components and activities.pdf  Ch6 Implementation.pdf  Appendices.pdf  Annex.pdf

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