Equipment sourced by AAP Burkina Faso makes a range of national planning initiatives possible
By Aki Kogachi, Climate Change Specialist, AAP Burkina Faso
Pictured: A remote meteorological monitoring station is installed in Dédougou.
To help Burkina Faso’s national meteorological service provide reliable, detailed and up-to-date weather monitoring and forecasting, the AAP team there recently helped it acquire new automated weather stations (AWS).
A total of 16 AWS were procured, comprising six agro-meteorological stations and 10 hydro-meteorological stations. The new equipment will double the number of weather stations in the country thereby strengthening the capacity of the Directorate General of Meteorology’s (DGM) weather data collection network to provide real-time weather monitoring and more efficient measuring of climatic changes in Burkina Faso.
The AAP Regional Office was instrumental in sourcing this equipment, which is valued at $191,000. It provided technical support relating to the system specifications and direct procurement support by identifying a suitable vendor.
Local climate data to help farmers improve yields
This technology transfer is part of a partnership agreement between the AAP and the DGM under which the DGM will now train farmers on how to use locally generated climate data in order to improve their yields and undertake more effective agriculture and animal husbandry activities. The DGM will also host a workshop on the processing and sharing of climate data between research institutions such as University of Ouagadougou, the National Institute for Agriculture and Environment and various Ministries such as Environment and Agriculture.
The generation, analysis and sharing of this meteorological data will respond to a problem common across Africa: the high cost of research-ready climate data, particular covering long times pans. Thanks to the partnership between the AAP and the DGM, this data is already being shared between the institutions named above andclimate analysis and modelling studies necessary for Burkina Faso’s mid- and long-term adaptation strategy are underway.
The new equipment was handed over in the presence of the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Jean Koulidiati, the Minister of Transport Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo, the Japanese Ambassador to Burkina Faso His Excellency Tsutomu Sugiura and UNDP Burkina Faso Country Director Ingrid Cyimana.
The Minister for Transport said the equipment would provide particularly useful information for rural areas.
‘These tools will allow us to measure wind speed, wind direction, humidity, temperature and aspects of the soil and subsoil,’ he said. ‘All this information is very useful for farmers, ranchers and those working to protect the environment.’