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Postcard from Dakar: insights from the IPCC SREX outreach event

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Date of publication: 2012-07-20

Associated Organization: ENDA, CDKN, IPCC

Themes: Poverty and vulnerability

Regions: West Africa

Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

Summary:

ENDA’s Moussa Na Abou Mamouda reports from the Dakar, Senegal outreach event for the IPCC’s ‘Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation’ (SREX), 18-19 June 2012.

The management of climate risk and extreme events in West Africa is still fraught with uncertainties. Even in cases where information is available, disaster risk management still requires coordinated policy actions involving all stakeholder groups.

Many climate risk factors in West Africa are linked with rainfall variability, sea level rise, and ecosystem degradation. Population growth, poverty and minimal health care are additional stressors to climate-related vulnerability. Experts at the IPCC SREX outreach event in Dakar confirmed these assertions. The meeting brought together over 90 participants from 11 countries across West Africa to discuss the implications of the SREX report for the region. The report was compiled over two years by 220 authors across disciplines and is the most comprehensive assessment of the impact of climate change on current and future disaster risk produced to date.

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