What's happening in West Africa

Nigeria: Govt Tasked On Inclusion of Private Sector in Climate Interventions AllAfrica,14 February 2018
The Nigerian government and others in the West African sub-region have been enjoined to create enabling environment to encourage private sector investment in climate adaptation interventions.

The devastating impact of climate change on Niger and Mali France24, 12 February 2018
The Azawak valley, a Florida-sized area spread over Mali and Niger, used to have the best pastoral lands in West Africa. But with climate change, people are either dying of thirst or seeking new lives elsewhere in Africa or in Europe.

Floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did, Quarz Africa, 4 September 2017
The rainy season is usually welcomed in parts of Africa as a timely break from the heat of the dry season. But so far, in 2017, the rains have given way to flood disasters which have led to a death toll numbering in hundreds.


Africa climate projections - online tool

Many policymakers and researchers have to deal with climate related questions in fields such as agriculture, energy or human health but finding easily accessible and user-friendly climate projections can be a challenge. RegioClim is an online tool that gives non-expert users simple access to regional climate projections for African countries for five climate indicators: temperature, hot extremes, precipitation, wet extremes and 5-day wet extremes. Its key feature is the ability to access projections not just at the national but also at the province level. The tool offers great flexibility in terms of selecting seasonal data, configurable depending on seasonal change in question – rainy or dry season, country vs. sector specific or crop growing season.

Initially developed in the context of the PAS-PNA project, the tool was expanded to ensure that it could be used by IMPACT’s African LDC stakeholders.


Face to a name

Dr Mouhamed Ly
Regional Scientist

I am a Climate scientist based at Climate Analytics’ Lomé office with several experiences in West Africa on climate variability and climate change for vulnerability and impact studies. My work includes the coordination of the overall development of scientific capacity and science-based approaches through science network and relevant skills transfer activities in partner institution in the region. I support the implementation of the IMPACT project, which I believe presents an excellent opportunity for the region to reinforce the scientific capacity and knowledge, as well as the connections between scientific experts and institution in the region to combat and alleviate the negative effect of climate change. In this way IMPACT will leave the scientific rigor to help LDCs in West Africa access international climate finance.


Climate Analytics Lomé

Our office in Lomé, Togo is an implementing partner of IMPACT and focuses on climate issues relating to Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Our presence in this particularly vulnerable region has enabled us to considerably expand our networks in West- and Sub-Saharan Africa, creating strong ties to key regional institutions, government ministries and agencies as well as civil society actors.

This allows us to tailor projects to meet these countries’ specific demands, in consultation with these stakeholders, and ultimately enable climate policy decision making to be based on robust scientific evidence. Our Lomé team focuses on developing an interface between climate science and policy, in the context of climate plan (NDC) implementation and building resilience to climate change through technical support to countries in mainstreaming their National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes. These play a significant role in promoting comprehensive climate action and adaptation to the adverse e—ffects of climate change on vital aspects such as food security, water, health and the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. In this context, we are able to support by providing capacity building for ministers, high-level officials,climate negotiators and practitioners and facilitating access to climate finance. Our experts also provide scientific capacity building to institutions and climate service providers.


Project activities

Science policy interface

West African LDCs have been facing a number of challenges to address efficiently SPI in developing climate change adaptation strategies. To some extent, some policy makers in the region seem to be making choices without adequate information because of poor articulation between political and administrative roles in the policy process. Moreover, research institutions have been marginalized to an extent that their findings do not meaningfully impact on the policy process. This assessment will help to identify the challenges and potential approaches to overcome them.

Development of climate science in the region

The quantity of information describing how climate is changing in the region remains a challenge mainly due to the lack of datasets and long-term records. IMPACT aims to provide improved knowledge and evidence on current climate conditions, to better manage climate variability over seasons and from year to year. It will enhance the capacity to analyse climate variability and climate change in different timescale.

GCF climate finance criteria

IMPACT supports regional institution and countries to improve institutional and scientific capacities to develop successful proposals to access international climate finance: capacity-building, training and readiness support.


Partner institutions


WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Center designed to help tackle this challenge and thereby enhance resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does this by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), WASCAL is implemented in a collaborative effort by West African and German partners.



Created in 1974, AGRHYMET is a specialised agency of the Permanent Inter-State Committee against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) of thirteen countries are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania , Niger, Senegal and Togo.

It has an international status with headquarters in Niamey, Niger.



A Climate Change portal for West Africa

The CILSS’ Climate Change Portal aims to show the crucial role this Inter-Governmental Organisation plays in the field. The portal provides thematic articles, resource materials and databases, the ongoing or past field actions, training aspects, and many other topics related to Climate Change, with a focus on West Africa.


Blogs West Africa

Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit – a key SDG enabler

Recent observations show that climate change impacts already undermine the ability of developing countries to meet their sustainable development priorities. Limiting warming to 1.5°C, as stated in the Paris Agreement, is intrinsically linked to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We urgently need to recognise and leverage the linkages between these two global frameworks.  
09 February 2018

A year of climate extremes: a case for Loss & Damage at COP23

Climate extremes, many now bearing human fingerprints, are already causing devastating impacts across the globe, and the time is high for Loss and Damage to be considered in concrete and actionable terms in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. But what are the next steps to really move this issue forward, and in particular what needs to be done at the first “Islands COP” in Bonn?  
01 November 2017

What’s on the science agenda for the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C in agriculture

Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement with its 1.5°C temperature limit, climate scientists are preparing a comprehensive assessment of the impacts of climate change under 1.5ºC warming in global average temperature. Here’s an overview of what we already know and what we would need to learn from the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C due in 2018 regarding impacts on agriculture.  
16 January 2017

Relevant recent publications - Adaptation

This special feature of the journal Regional Environmental Change examines biophysical impacts under different warming scenarios (1, 1.5, 2, and 4 °C warming) and considers scientifically derived development impacts to gain a better understanding of vulnerability to climate change. The main contributions to this special feature are five regional impact papers summarising climate impacts in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Middle East and Northern Africa.  

Relevant recent publications - Climate Impacts

Sea-level rise is a major consequence of climate change that will continue long after emissions of greenhouse gases have stopped. The 2015 Paris Agreement aims at reducing climate-related risks by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero and limiting global-mean temperature increase. This study quantifies the effect of these constraints on global sea-level rise until 2300, including Antarctic ice-sheet instabilities.