In the transboundary Lower Mono River catchment of Togo and Benin, flood hazards translate into disasters due to the strong interaction between humans and their environment leading to high exposure and increased vulnerability as a consequence of housing and farming in the floodplains, high run-off rates due to deforestation of river banks. Furthermore, the National Adaptation Program for Action (NAPA) in Togo documents high variability of rainfall, increased probability of flooding and specifically stresses the need “to enhance prevention of risk and flood-related disasters”.
Acknowledging the need for a systematic cross-border action, Ministers of Togo and Benin met in 2014 to establish the Mono River Basin Authority (MBA) with the objective to address key challenges of the transboundary Mono River catchment, such as flood risk management.
At present, the MBA need to be strengthened and enabled to support the transboundary governance of development processes, including the alignment of development and disaster risk reduction plans and projects, data generation, technical guidelines, and more generally basin management processes. In agreement and with the strong support of the Ministries of Environment in Togo (MERF) and Benin (MLESD), CLIMAFRI will support the MBA with the generation and systematization of new data, provision of added-value hydrological products for science-based decision making as well as science-based recommendations and a framework for transboundary governance of the Mono River Basin.
Against this background and to address the challenges identified above, the overall aim of the German-African inter- and trans-disciplinary CLIMAFRI project is to co-develop and co-implement sustainable adaptation strategies through the integration of science-based facts with information and knowledge from local stakeholders and communities in order to reduce current and future flood risks and sustain development in the transboundary Lower Mono River catchment of Togo and Benin.
The consortium partners are the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Department of Geography University of Bonn (U-BN), Center for Development Research, University of Bonn (ZEF), University of Bayreuth (U-BY), Björnsen Consulting Engineers GmbH (BCE), West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, Ghana (WASCAL), University of Lomé, Togo (U-Lomé), University of Abomey Calavi, Benin (U-AC), Ministry of Environment and Forestal Resources, Togo (MERF) and Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development, Benin (MLESD).
The German-African project consortium is funded by German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
The kick-off meeting will be held in Togo-Benin on the 24-28 of June . Read more.
The consortium is composed of partners who, for the most part, have already collaborated in some other projects in the region. Read more.