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REPSAHEL: installation of weather stations in Niger

 A campaign to install weather stations has been recently launched in Niger within the framework of the REPSAHEL project. An OSS delegation took part on 26 and 28 February in the installation of two automatic weather stations at the level of two main Nigerian sites: Dantiandou (Banizoumbou observatory) and Tahoua (Keita Observatory). A number of Awareness-raising sessions were equally organized by the OSS delegation on climate change-related issues with a view of involving local communities in the decision-making process throughout the project’s implementation process.

On this point, a number of Nigerian engineers have benefited from a capacity building training on the installation, maintenance and use of weather station tools. Le Centre National de Surveillance Ecologique et Environmentale, in charge of the Banizoumbou station, and La Direction Départmentale de l’Environnement, in charge of the Keita station, have also received instructions manuals and softwares to explain usage and maintenance procedures of these stations.

A meeting with members of the Dantiandou community on 26 February enabled also to present the objectives of the REPSAHEL project and explain the uses of the installed weather stations. In addition, a tree-planting campaign, which took place in the secondary school of Dantiandou, was organized the following day and saw the participation of around 200 pupils in the growing of about one hundred trees.  An open debate on climate change and adaptation options followed by a drawing competition provided the pupils with the opportunity to express their views and better appreciate the environment. 


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