Published | 4th July 2017

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Niger Climate Information Services Country Report

Impact assessment on climate information services for community-based adaptation to climate change: Niger Country Brief

Initially introduced by ALP in partnership with Niger Meteorological Services (DNM), Participatory Scenario Planning (PSPs) have since been adopted by other initiatives and institutions in Niger. Through the Garic project14, CARE Niger has implemented PSPs in Zinder Region. Moreover, the Agrhymet Regional Centre is planning to adapt the process in Niger to the local context. In addition, UK Aid’s ‘Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters’ (BRACED) programme –
officially launched on the 16th March 201516 – has introduced PSPs in Tillabéri region in Niger17. The BRACED objective is to help people become more resilient to climate extremes in South and South-East Asia and in Eastern, West and Central Africa. To improve the integration of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and climate adaptation methods into development approaches, the BRACED programme seeks to influence policies and practices at local, national and international levels.

In 2016, a regional impact assessment was commissioned by CARE focusing on the ALP approach to CIS in addressing climate change adaptation across Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Niger and Malawi. The objective of this assessment was to investigate the contribution of community-based CIS to CBA. A particular focus of the assessment was on the PSP process as an innovative and replicable approach for communicating climate information and building networks for adaptation. Where applicable, the assessment analysed the contribution of rain gauges to community and farmer decision-making. Specifically, the assessment aimed to develop a better understanding of the use and impact of CIS in various contexts and, using lessons learned, strengthen future replication and upscaling of the ALP approach. This country brief illustrates the results from the assessment in Niger.

The assessment investigated four main aspects of the PSP process according to the elements outlined below.

  1. Implementation process (method): assessment of the practice of implemented PSP principles.
  2. Communication: assessment of the reach of information, the content and quality of advisories produced, and channels of communication for climate information.
  3. Use and impact: assessment of the use and impact of the advisories on users.
  4. Sustainability: assessment of the potential for the process to continue in Niger after an exit by CARE ALP.

Related Resources:

Read the Kenya climate information services country report here

Read the Ethiopia climate information services country report here

Read the Malawi climate information services country report here

Read the Ghana climate information services country report here

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