West Africa Regional Adaptation Workshop, Climate Services for Development, Dakar, Senegal
This report covers a USAID-supported workshop held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2011 on expanding tailored climate services in West Africa.
It brought together 106 participants from 11 West African countries, and included government officials, climate and agricultural scientists and researchers, and development practitioners.
Two key themes emerged as priorities: collaboration and information dissemination. Collaboration between knowledge producers and users is necessary in order to share resources and lessons learned, improve the quality of research and climate services, and increase the successful transmission of climate information.
To improve information dissemination, participants suggested that a central working group should meet regularly to share information and develop products and services that are relevant to user needs.
Participants also suggested adopting Mali’s weather information dissemination system. The report includes annexes that describe regional programs.
The workshop was part of USAID’s support for the Adaptation Partnership, which is working with other organizations to identify successful models of developing and delivering climate information to decision makers.
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