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Reinforced cooperation to provide operational flood forecasting and alerts in West Africa

Objective

Flooding is a rapidly growing concern in West Africa, projected to increase with climate change. It is both a threat and a blessing for human lives, agriculture and infrastructure. There is a great need for reliable access to operational flood forecasts and alerts produced by a robust information and communication technology (ICT) system adapted to regional conditions and operated by capable West African institutions.

More than six years of cooperation between FANFAR participants have identified user needs and co-developed technologies and capacities aimed at meeting them. As a result, several ICT components of the desired system are already available, including input data streams, a hydrological model, a cloud computing platform, and a communication channel. However, they have not yet been fully integrated or adapted to the conditions and needs in West Africa (e.g. unreliable electricity and internet). Some components are already used by key West African institutions. However, e.g. human and financial capacity is still limiting uptake.

The aim of FANFAR is to reinforce the cooperation between West African and European hydrologists, ICT experts, decision analysts, and end-user communities to provide a co-designed, co-adapted, integrated, and co-operated streamflow forecasting and alert pilot system for West Africa. End-users will participate in regular workshops and virtual meetings aiming to demonstrate the ICT, define user needs, co-design necessary adaptations, and develop capacity. Through this incremental refinement process, our existing ICT will be fully integrated and adapted to West African conditions. The system will be operated, supported and tested in practical flood management by regional, national and local institutions. Social science frameworks will be employed to aid development decisions, analyze behavioural responses, and understand technology adoption processes aiming to facilitate sustainable uptake of the system in the region.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT
Address
Folkborgsvaegen 1
601 76 Norrkoeping
Sweden
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 711 055

Participants (5)

TERRADUE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 247 187,50
Address
Via Ravenna 34
00161 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ISARDSAT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 148 225
Address
Congres 49 51
08031 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 360 870
Address
Uberlandstrasse 133
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Other
CENTRE REGIONAL AGRHYMET
Niger
EU contribution
€ 383 950
Address
Boulevard De Universite 425
11011 Niamey
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NIGERIA HYDROLOGICAL SERVICES AGENCY
Nigeria
EU contribution
€ 148 245
Address
Plot 222, Shettikia Ali Mungonu Crescencif Utako Dt
Abuja
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)