2nd ECOWAS HYDROMET FORUM with ECOWAS DRR SUBREGIONAL PLATFORM
RESOURCES FROM 2021
COMMUNIQUÉ-2ème FORUM HYDROMET DE LA CEDEAO ET PLATE-FORME SOUS-RÉGIONALE DE REDUCTION DES RISQUES DE CATASTROPHES
COMMUNIQUE-2nd ECOWAS HYDROMET FORUM AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION SUB-REGIONAL PLATFORM
ECOWAS | CEDEAO
West Africa, increasingly affected by extreme weather and climate events, is realizing the importance of weather, water, climate, and early warning services, jointly referred to as “hydromet” services, as a key element of disaster risk management and climate adaptation. West Africa’s climate is projected to become more extreme with rising temperatures, prolonged heatwaves, delayed rains, and extreme weather events. Hydromet disasters have increased in frequency and severity in West Africa in the last thirty years, affecting over 100 million people. West Africa’s economy is vulnerable to climate risks, notably sectors such as agriculture, food security, energy production and transport. With the global COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacting the region’s shock-coping capacity, the vulnerability to climate risks is rising.
Following the first ECOWAS HYDROMET FORUM with ECOWAS DRR SUBREGIONAL PLATFORM in September 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, ECOWAS will host together with the World Bank, WMO and many partners the 2nd Forum from April 20 to 22, 2021. The Forum will convene relevant stakeholders, key partners and important players to collectively identify the need for strengthening hydromet services for sustainable development, and disaster and climate resilience. It will emphasize the critical role of hydromet and early warning services in economic sectors, such as agriculture, water resources, health, transport and combating the socioeconomic impacts of disaster and climate risks. Due to the COVID-19 related health precautions and restrictions the forum will be conducted in a virtual format.
The three day Forum will be held virtually from April 20 to 22, 2021 with a program comprised of plenary, community and high level sessions. In the ministerial session on April 22 (by invitation) ECOWAS member states will deliberate on the ECOWAS Flood Risk Management Strategy, ECOWAS Hydromet Initiative and ECOWAS Gender Strategy and Action Plan and identify ways forward for implementation and resource mobilization. Community sessions will present different voices and ideas from the hydromet and early warning community of practice with a specific focus on building partnership and fostering innovation.
The plenary will convene around the status, current challenges and opportunities of hydromet and early warning services and its relevance for agriculture, health and pandemic response and the private sector among others. The DRR SUBREGIONAL PLATFORM will convene with the Forum to deliberate on regional policies and actions related to disaster risk reduction. Due to the COVID-19 related health precautions and travel restrictions the Forum will be conducted in a virtual format.
IMPROVING HYDROMET SERVICES IN WEST AFRICA
RESOURCES FROM 2018
Proceedings of the ECOWAS HYDROMET FORUM with ECOWAS DRR SUBREGIONAL PLATFORM, September 2018, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Communiqué of the ECOWAS HYDROMET FORUM with ECOWAS DRR SUBREGIONAL PLATFORM, September 2018, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
COMMUNICATION FROM 2018
ECOWAS forum urges modernization of Hydromet and disaster risk management services
ECOWAS and partners host Hydromet Forum to safeguard the environment
World Bank: West Africa: Boosting Strategies and Investments in Hydromet for Resilient Development
WMO: Satellite technology and early warnings boost resilience