The city of Ouagadougou is developing rapidly. However there is little urban planning to guide this development. Present and future climatic considerations are often overlooked, making the city particularly vulnerable to extreme meteorological events and climate change. Climate change has the potential to destroy the socio-economic progress that the city has experienced to date. To reduce the city’s vulnerability, this project seeks to create conditions for the sustainable, equitable development of Ouagadougou by devising and implementing salient, consensus-based strategies for adapting to climate variability, extreme climatic events and climate change.
The project will assess the current and future vulnerability of the city, particularly in the health and water sections; identify and rank a range of priority adaptation options; and develop tools and strategies for raising public and policy-makers’ awareness with respect to climate adaptation. With this knowledge and these new communication tools, it is hoped that the community’s adaptive capacity will be increased and that consideration of climate change will be mainstreamed in future town planning and development plan formulation.