Quantifying projected impacts under 2°C warming in the Inner Niger Delta
The Niger and Nile basins are areas with high water stress and increasing competition for water resources. For that reason these regions are in focus under a large EU-funded project called IMPACT2C which seeks to systematically quantify climate impacts, vulnerabilities, risks and economic costs as well as potential adaptive responses under a global average surface temperature change of 2°C. Wetlands International is one of the partners in this effort and has its focus in the Niger basin.
Besides for the Nile and Niger Basins in Africa, the project assesses climate change impacts in Europe, Bangladesh and the Maldives. Wetlands International is one of the twenty-nine partners within a multi-disciplinary international expert team which uses a range of models and assesses climate impacts on water, energy, infrastructure, coasts, tourism, forestry, agriculture, ecosystems services, and health and air quality-climate interactions.
Wetlands International supports the vulnerability assessment, investigation of innovative new land and water management options, and dissemination of the results in Africa and in particular in Mali where Wetlands International already has a strong and long-term presence.
The specific objectives for the African regions are to:
- Evaluate climate impacts on water resources, vegetation and crop productivity, energy production and flow regime of main rivers in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa
- Improve adaptive management of the water resources considering water quality and biodiversity
- Assess the vulnerability of the system as basic information for sustainable improvement of water use and food production to be able to cope with climate change impacts increasing adaptive capacity
- Quantify and document the uncertainties coming from either model inputs and/or model accuracy of impact predictions, crucial when bein used to take emergency measures.
The findings of the different models will be integrated and synthesized suitable for awareness raising and are readily communicable to a wide audience, and relevant for policy platforms and fora that deal with climate change and disaster risk reduction.
For more information, please visit the IMPACT2C website.