Climate change

  • West Africa @COP22

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    COP22 opened its doors on 7 November in Marrakech. West Africa is making its voice heard, notably during a side event organised by CILSS, ECOWAS and the International Organisation of La Francophonie which attracted a lot of interest. Some 300 participants attended a debate about the opportunities and challenges of implementing the “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions,” (INDCs) in West Africa. Read on
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    On the occasion of the 31st CILSS Day, the Malian President and current CILSS chairman, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK), raised awareness about the importance of water for the Sahel and West Africa’s social and economic development. In his video message, he called for national and regional policies to support sustainable management of agricultural water resources. Water resource management will also help address the many challenges that the region faces such as food security, resilience and climate change. Read on
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    This bulletin from CILSS Agrhymet Regional Centre presents the agro-hydro-pastoral situation in the Sahel from 15-23 August. The rains have been unequally distributed across the region with levels in some areas recording surpluses and in other areas recording rain deficits, particularly in the western Sahel (The Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal). Read on
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    Officially launched during the COP21 Climate Change Conference in December 2015, the “4/1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate” aims to ensure that agriculture contributes to combating climate change. French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll went on mission to Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, to inform the West African partner countries about the initiative and encourage the establishment and diffusion of climate-smart agricultural practices to increase the carbon stock of soils and regenerate degraded soils. Read on
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    Fascinating satellite images from NASA show fires raging across West Africa as farmers carry out the cyclical clearing of last year's crop remains. Each hot spot, which appears as a red mark, is an area where the thermal detectors on the Suomi NPP satellite recognised temperatures higher than background. When accompanied by plumes of smoke, as in the images, such hot spots are diagnostic for fire. Read on
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    West African ministers came together to outline a course of action to accelerate progress on the Great Green Wall. The First Conference of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative was held from 2-7 May in Dakar, bringing together ministers from countries north and south of the Sahara as well as their development partners. Organised by the African Union, the high-level conference follows on the COP21 climate change conference, during which the international community pledged an additional USD 4 billion in support for the Great Green Wall over the next 5 years. Read on
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    The CILSS is implementing the regional component of an ambitious multi-stakeholder project which aims to more than double the irrigated areas of six Sahelian countries to 1 million hectares by 2020. Funded by the World Bank Group, the Sahel Irrigation Initiative Programme (SIIP) covers Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. Read on

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