Improved Drought Early Warning and Forecasting to strengthen preparedness and adaptation to droughts in Africa (DEWFORA)

  • Partners: Deltares; University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; German Research Centre for Geosciences; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa; Joint Research Centre for Europe
  • Donor: European Commission
  • Donor Programme: Seventh Framework Programme of European Commission - Cooperation programme

The main aim of DEWFORA is to reduce vulnerability and strengthen preparedness to droughts in Africa by advancing drought forecasting, early warning and mitigation practices. To this aim, a framework for monitoring, predicting, timely warning and responding to droughts at the seasonal time scale will be developed, applicable within the institutional context of African countries. At longer time scales, the project will also contribute to improve the identification of vulnerable regions taking into account the increased hazard due to climate change, and develop feasible adaptation measures. The main contribution of UNESCO-IHE is in the development of a hydrological model (coupled with meteorological forecasts by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) for drought forecasting in selected river basins in Africa.