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Message of the Coordinator

Gone are the days when we could say “all is well in the best of all possible worlds”. For several decades, we have been facing the fury of nature, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and droughts have only followed one another. To face it and reverse the master-slave dialectic between man and nature, the world is finding itself an “environmental soul”. So, systems for managing the effects of climate change are developed and are mainly focused on mitigating the sources of climate change as well as adapting to it. However, adaptation and mitigation taken in isolation cannot fully prevent the effects of climate change. These effects are more damaging for developing countries. According to research conducted for Natural Hazards, Non-Natural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention, funded by the World Bank Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the the impact of disasters on GDP is 20 times greater there than in industrialized nations. The need for immediate resilience building is therefore more pressing.

However, many developing countries lack the tools, knowledge and instruments to incorporate the potential impacts of adverse weather conditions into their investment decisions. In this sense, initiatives are popping up everywhere. Thus in Burkina Faso, a project to strengthen climate resilience (HYDROMET Project) was born.