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Disaster risk and early warning systems for Ghana.

Development of early warning system for floods and droughts in Ghana

Posted on 24 September 2014

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HKV Consultants, in cooperation with Royal HaskoningDHV has been appointed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the provision of services to develop disaster risk and early warning systems in Ghana. The project is funded by the Norwegian Government. Ghana’s National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) is the Implementing Partner. 

The latest state-of-the-art technology will be deployed to forecast climate hazard events which will allow increased time for the authorities to take action thus saving lives and reducing the social and economic damage caused by floods and droughts.

The consortium will assess the disaster risks on both a national scale as well as for ten selected cities and districts. The consortium will look at both the current situation as well as future scenarios, taking into account climate change and autonomous developments.

The team will design a master plan for the early warning systems and prepare an inventory of the gaps and needs in data, knowledge and structures. The master plan will combine rainfall prediction, model simulation and geographic information to provide regionalized forecasts.

The project will also evaluate international drought forecasting initiatives and factor in regional vulnerabilities to provide timely warnings for climate events which could threaten food supply to large parts of Ghana.
Capacity building and knowledge transfer are an integral part of the project.

This news item was originally published on the website of HKV Consultants

Goals

The ultimate aim of the project is saving lives and reducing the social and economic damage caused by floods and droughts.

Deliverables

  • a master plan for the early warning systems;
  • preparation of  an inventory of the gaps and needs in data, knowledge and structures;
  • evaluation of international drought forecasting initiatives;
  • capacity building and knowledge transfer.


Current status

The project will be completed in August 2015.

Project location

Project partners

  • HKV Consultants
  • Royal HaskoningDHV