Training of experts in flood and drought management in the Volta basin.

From July 6 to 8, 2022 was held in Lomé the training of experts in flood and drought management in the Volta basin.

On average per year in the Volta Basin, more than 27,000 people are at risk of being affected by floods, while 5 million people live in areas potentially affected by severe drought conditions; taking into account climate and demographic projections. These figures touch respectively values around 80,000 and 15 of the millions.

These are the alarming figures that precipitated this three-day regional training in Lome led by the World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership of West Africa (GWP/AO).

The objective of the training was to train local actors in the use of the VOLTALARM platform, based on myDewetraWorld, to support the regional flood and drought warning system. The experts who attended the training came from the meteorological, hydrological, water resources management and civil protection agencies of the six member countries of the Volta Basin.

The training allowed the technicians to deepen, through exercises and practical sessions, facilitated by Anna Mapelli, Andrea Massi Libertino.  The functions and capacities of the VOLTALARM platform to build scenarios of risk in real time of semi-automatic alerts.

Together with the project partners and national technicians, the experts defined the path and steps for the deployment of the platform and the long-term sustainability that will provide the VBA with a tool for flood and drought management.