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SERVIR West Africa uses data from a collection of Earth observing satellites, ground-based data and advanced geospatial information technology in innovative ways to help decision makers respond to development challenges in the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSSS) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region of West Africa. Services developed by the SERVIR West Africa consortium and its partners provides evidence-based information for decision making in the region for a wide range of development problems issues related to food security, landscape resilience, ground and surface water monitoring, and local development planning. These services and their data are made available online and via media that are accessible and intelligible to local populations.

Improvement and dissemination of short/medium-term and seasonal forecasts

Improvement and dissemination of short/medium-term and seasonal forecasts
Agro-hydro-climatic seasonal forecasts represent one of the flagship products of AGRHYMET Regional Centre. Since 1998, AGRHYMET, in close collaboration with ACMAD and Sahelian/West African countries, develop and disseminate information on agro-hydro-climatic characteristics (seasonal cumulative rainfall, onset and end of rainy season, dry spells and flows) in order to reduce the vulnerability of the communities by providing information and advice. With the opportunity offered by the service planning approach of SERVIR, AGRHYMET aims to revisit the seasonal forecasting process in order to improve the quality of climate information (short / medium-term and seasonal forecasts) and its dissemination to end users ...
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Mapping coastal vulnerability to hazards: the case of the oil spill in Senegal

Mapping coastal vulnerability to hazards: the case of the oil spill in Senegal
Sensitive areas of the coast will be identified and prioritized according to their vulnerability in the event of an oil spill. This sensitivity of an area is based on its ecology, conservation status and economic activities being carried out. The information to be taken into account on the level of sensitivity of the area includes: High resolution imagery leading to comprehensive base maps of the littoral zone; The nature of the coast (muddy coast, rocky, sandy, level of exposure to natural forces); The biological characteristics (species’ migration routes and sensitive areas ; Areas of economic interest of local coastal communities (fishing, tourism, agriculture, urbanization, etc). However, in order to effectively characterize and map these elements, an environmental vulnerability index should be used to classify the coastline according to its vulnerability to oil pollution. In this case, the focus will be on the use of the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI), already ...
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Scaling up Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) in Niger

Scaling up Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) in Niger
This activity will be conducted at two levels: national and local. At the national Level, LU/LC maps will be produced to identify areas where this FMNR method succeeded. At the local level, time series analysis and modeling will be conducted to identify ecological parameters that lead to the success of this method. The socio-economic parameters are already studied by ICRISAT and other institutions. Physical and socio-economic parameters will be used to generate an algorithm that will help to identify the suitable areas for upscaling this method of land restoration. Suitable areas to upscale FMNR will be communicated to stakeholder and farmer associations ...
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Locust monitoring (by AGRHYMET – Regional: Timely identification of areas at risk of desert locust swarming in the western region: P-Locust

Locust monitoring (by AGRHYMET - Regional: Timely identification of areas at risk of desert  locust swarming in the western region: P-Locust
SERVIR WA, with the community of practice in North and West Africa as defined by the Western Region Commission for Desert Locust Control (CLCPRO) of FAO, along with regional and international institutions envisage the development and operationalization of a service to monitor Desert Locust population development in their breeding areas and to thus contribute to strengthen locust control efforts in affected countries. This service adds spatial and temporal precision to the RAMSES platform which is used by FAO as a database to monitor and report on the desert locust. In effect, P-Locust will be the front end of the RAMSES platform for FAO. Rationale Desert locust breeding and gregarization areas span the western region of Africa. National control agencies face constraints that inhibit predicting, targeting, and controlling outbreaks. Reinforcing the capacity of monitoring teams through decision-support tools can improve locust monitoring and response efforts. The actors in charge of locust ...
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Monitoring ephemeral water bodies in Ferlo, Senegal

Monitoring ephemeral water bodies in Ferlo, Senegal
Through the service planning process, the actors involved around the CSE, have been able to follow the entire service delivery process and are currently at the level of prototyping (finalization of the script and transfer on the Tethys platform). To consolidate the achievements, the platform of the International NGO Agronomists-Veterinary without Borders (AVSF) will be used for the dissemination of information, as well as rural radios and rural markets. To ensure the sustainability of the service, the community of practitioners will be trained for a possible replication of the service at the level of the other countries of the PRAPS (Regional Program for Support to Pastoralism in the Sahel) financed by the World Bank namely Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, for which CILSS ensures the implementation. This work will also be harmonized with the work being carried out in the context of a NASA-funded AST project (PI Niall ...
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