Appropriation and operationalisation of the VFDM project's myDewetra-VOLTALARM forecasting and early warning system

The Togolese capital, Lomé, hosted from 25 to 27 January 2023 the regional training workshop on impact-based forecasting, procedures for the elaboration of warning bulletins and the myDewetra-VOLTALARM Early Warning System (EWS) in the Volta basin.

It was a three-day meeting that provided participants with theoretical knowledge on impact-based forecasting and an opportunity to discuss and define among all stakeholders the roles and procedures for the development of flood and drought warnings through the myDewetra-VOLTALARM platform.

This activity is part of the implementation of the VFDM project and involves the active participation of national agencies (in charge of meteorology, hydrology, water resources management, environment, civil protection, etc.), regional institutions and WMO partners, such as the CIMA Research Foundation, the Italian Civil Protection Department, UNITAR / UNOSAT, IUCN and Knowledge & Innovation (K&I), etc.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Volta Basin Authority (VBA) and the Global Water Partnership in West Africa (GWP-WA) are implementing the Project entitled "Integrating Flood and Drought Management and Early Warning for Climate Change Adaptation in the Volta Basin (VFDM)". The VFDM project activities started in June 2019 and will continue until the end of June 2023. The VFDM project is financed by the Adaptation Fund.

As part of the implementation of the VFDM project, it is planned to develop impact-based flood forecasting products for the Volta Basin by integrating the risk profile with the Flood-PROOFS (Flood PRObabilistic Operative Forecasting System) flood forecasting chain in order to contribute to the development of local capacity to ensure full understanding of the process and its long-term sustainability.