This project will link partners through the use of innovative risk communication materials for the water sector, provide a unique opportunity to focus on developing specific recommendations for climate change adaptation in the water management sector and to promote their adoption. The Netherlands Climate Assistance Project (NCAP) in Mali has already conducted much of the preparatory data gathering and analysis work needed to generate, communicate and apply information for adaptation decisions. One of the most promising analytical products applied to NCAP is the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system.
The next steps include the development, testing and dissemination of risk communication materials that are derived from the analytical products in order to vet their usefulness at the local level. WEAP scenarios will be introduced to three communities as part of an ongoing participatory process of identifying and implementing appropriate climate change adaptation actions related to the management of water resources. This will also allow community members to validate the results of the models developed for their communities.
Lessons learned from these communities can then be used to develop broader climate change adaptation strategies for other communities in Mali. As well, the disseminated results of the analysis will inform higher-level policy dialogues about climate change adaptation and provide a useful example for broader sustainable development initiatives.