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REPSAHEL

REPSAHEL

Improving the Sahelian populations’ resilience to environmental changes  

The REPSAHEL project is funded by SDC (Switzerland) for a duration of 6 years (2012-2017).

It aims to consolidate environmental observation networks and to adapt them to the needs of the Sahelian countries, particularly in relation to climate change adaptation.

 The project concerns seven West-African countries involved in the Great Green Wall initiative, namely Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Chad.

The publications of the project are available on : Publications rep-sahel

Approach

Equip West-African countries and sub-regional organizations with environmental monitoring observation tools to underpin their development strategies while focusing on agro-forestry-pastoral activities and natural resource management programs.

The project aims to develop and strengthen monitoring tools and environmental monitoring and evaluation programs in the Sahel-Sahara region (focus on West Africa) by developing and disseminating the methodological and technical outputs obtained within the framework of ROSLET.

The purpose of the project is to improve the living conditions of the Sahel population through a better management of natural resources and the strengthening of their resilience to environmental changes. 

Specific Objectives

  • Elaboration and improvement of data and information production tools that enable the monitoring of ecosystems and the assessment of the communities’ adaptive capacity
  • Information dissemination through the elaboration of an information circulation system aimed at decision-makers, project implementation actors and communities
  • Integration of climate change impacts and other environmental stresses into policymaking processes, notably through the set-up of effective monitoring-evaluation systems
  • Establishment of adequate mechanisms and tools to enable a better participation  of the communities in decision-making throughout the different stages of the project (planning, implementation, and monitoring-evaluation.)

Project organization

OSS is the regional coordinator of the project. It works in collaboration with the following partners:

  • ECOWAS : (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Water resources)
  • CILSS and AGRHYMET;
  • APGMV;
  • CBLT;
  • Centre de Suivi Ecologique CSE (Sénégal);
  • Centre National de Suivi Ecologique et Environnemental - CNSEE (Niger);
  • Agence de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable AEDD (Mali);
  • Conseil National pour l’Environnement et le Développement Durable CONEDD (Burkina Faso);
  • Ministère délégué auprès du Premier Ministre chargé de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable (Mauritanie);
  • Ministère de l’Environnement et des Ressources Halieutiques (Chad).

Main activities

  • Analyse environmental changes and understand the pre-requisites for sustainable water and land management (SLWM) and identify the needs in terms of information
  • Develop data-collection methods and tools and meeting the needs of SLWM experts
  • Devise, develop and implement an Information Dissemination System and a Map Server, and facilitate access to and exchange of data
  • Raise awareness and /or train the decision-makers involved in sustainable water and land management programs, and ensure the integration of environmental monitoring tools into decision-making
  • Support, organize and render systematic the communities’ participation in the monitoring-evaluation of environmental action programs through the establishment of appropriate mechanisms
  • Train and support the various stakeholders so as to ensure the uptake of the project’s outputs.

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