Mali

Mali is highly exposed and vulnerable to climate change. The impact of climate variability is exacerbated by the local socioeconomic and environmental context characterized by high rates of poverty and inequality, dependence on rain-fed agriculture, and increasing migration towards urban areas.

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Vehicle boarding the ferry to Djenne in floodwaters, Mali, West Africa
Fragility/Conflict status: Conflict situation
Programme type: Country multi-year
Funding:
Duration: 2017-2024
Status: Ongoing

Key goals

  • Develop technical expertise from the cooperation of regional institutions.
  • Strengthen hydro-meteorological observing, monitoring, and impact forecasting services.
  • Enhanced food security early warning system.
  • Flood early warning service in place. Enhanced civil protection response capacities.

Progress to date

  • 3 hazards – floods, droughts, and storms- with stronger forecasting and warning ability.
  • 300,000 people are covered by early warning systems or preparedness through CREWS support.
  • Nearly 2 million people are reached through efforts to strengthen media and communication channels on weather, climate, and water information for the public.

Vehicle boarding the ferry to Djenne in floodwaters, Mali, West Africa

Spotlight

Empowering women for early warning

Across the CREWS Mali project scope, the inclusion and focus on women as integral players in reducing climate-related disaster risk is clear. CREWS is taking a multi-pronged approach. Whether it’s through strengthening hydro-met and civil protection skills and capacity to deliver timely and accurate forecasts and warnings on floods and other hazards training and engaging 350 women community leaders from 6 regions on early warning systems and preventing or managing hazard risk – or building communication networks to amplify their reach and that of others in the early warning value chain – women in rural and urban areas are being better equipped to protect themselves, their families, and assets. And whole populations too.

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