Decentralization in Tropical Africa puts decision-making in adaptation and risk reduction in the hands of those who are directly experiencing climate change and disasters. Local plans are multiplying at municipal and village scale. Nevertheless these tools, built on local/indigenous knowledge only, have still several limits: climate trends are not considered, measures priority in case of multi-risk (as drought and flood) are badly developed, expected effects of measures implementation are rarely known. As a consequence, plans implementation has little impact in creating safer communities. Scientific-technical knowledge have proven effective in enabling local decision-makers to make better informed decisions. Climate services (WMO), environmental services and 3D mapping are few examples.
ANADIA-Niger Project (2013-2015) has invested in strengthening capacities in supplying climate services and developing analysis-evaluation locally.
- UICCA3 aims to present, compare and discuss the outcomes attended so far with other experiences having integrated local and technical knowledge for a better response to climate change in the Tropics. All people working for local CCA/DRR in the Tropics are welcome to join the Conference: Donors, NGOs, experts, students.
- ANADIA Niger is a training and action-research project funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by IBIMET-CNR, DIST-Politecnico and University of Turin and the National Meteorological Service of Niger. The Project strengthen the capacities of national, regional and local stakeholders in climate change adaptation and flood and drought risk reduction. ANADIA operate in the Tillabéri region (95,000 km2, 4 million inhabitants).