Togo: Integrated Disaster and Land Management Project

Togo Integrated Disaster and Land Management (IDLM) Project

The inauguration ceremony of the warehouse on June 7, 2016 in the presence of various government ministers, the representatives of the Togo national Assembly, the World Bank Country Manger Ms. Joelle Businger, and Dr. Vladimir Kovshinov, International Civil Defence Organisation General Secretary, whose organisation provided the emergency equipment.

Context and Objectives
The primary objective of the project was to improve the conditions for flood risk management and preparedness in Togo.

To achieve this, the projects aimed to:

  • strengthen institutional capacity and raise awareness to manage flood risk and land degradation in targeted rural and urban areas; and to
  • expand sustainable land management practices in targeted landscapes and climate vulnerable areas.

Main Activities
The Integrated Disaster and Land Management (IDLM) project, implemented by the Togolese Ministry of Environment and Forestry Resources, was launched in November 2014 and closed in June 2017. The project was part of a larger engagement co-financed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Global Environmental Facility, the Least Developed Countries Fund, and TerrAfrica.

The project aimed to strengthen institutional capacity and raise awareness to manage flood risk and land degradation in targeted rural and urban areas, and expand sustainable land management practices in targeted landscapes and climate vulnerable areas. Activities were implemented around three components:

  • institutional strengthening and awareness raising;
  • community-based activities for adaptation and sustainable land management, and
  • early warning, monitoring, and knowledge systems.

Results
The following results were achieved:

  • Hydrological and meteorological equipment, such as rain and river-level gauges, was provided for the country’s five regions to build hydromet capacities.
  • Key meteorological stations were retrofitted and 13 meteorological parks were established.
  • Five NGOs and 15 community radio stations were selected for awareness campaigns on DRR and CCA that reached 105 schools and vulnerable areas. In total, 865 people (including  primary and secondary school teachers) were trained on DRM and PDNAs in the whole country during the review period. Two teaching guides on DRM and CC were also created and disseminated.
  • The Early Warning System (EWS) was operationalized through the establishment of a EWS Centre, and a simulation of a Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) with the participation of all stakeholders at the national level and humanitarian partners.

The direct beneficiaries of the project are estimated at one million, of which about 40 percent are women. Based on this positive impact on the population, the government requested additional funding from the World Bank to scale up the project’s best practices in other areas in the country.

Partnerships and Coordination
The Togo IDLM was implemented by the Togolese Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources, with the financial backing from the ACP-EU NDRR Program, Global Environment Facility, GFDRR and TerraAfrica.

 

Country
Region
  • Africa
Priority area
  • Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction (DRR)
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $2,832,638
Co-financing
  • $13,947,408
Duration
  • 11/2014 to 06/2017