Picture 1: Plenary session of the Climate action training school

Climate Action Training School took place from November 22nd to 23rd, 2023, in the Conference room of the WASCAL Competence Centre, where we used to organize the LLWA workshops.

The training school was organized in collaboration with the Municipality of Ouagadougou, whose Directorate in charge of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) proposed the training topic. The objectives are for participants to have a common understanding of the terms risk, hazard, and vulnerability concerning Ouagadougou, link ecosystem management (land use and waste management) and the occurrence of flooding and identify behaviours that expose households to the risk of flooding. The training attracted 69 participants representing 36 structures from national institutions, NGOs, civil society actors, and private sectors. The selected participants are all part of the waste management chain, the disaster management cycle, and the municipality. The workshop was divided into three different sessions, including a lecture on the basic concepts of hazards, exposure, vulnerability, and risk, a serious game, and the reporting of the results of the monitoring of the 2022/2023 rainy seasons.

At the opening ceremony, Mrs Safietou Sanfo (Coordinator of Research at WASCAL), Mrs Ouedraogo Mamounata, nee Kiemtore (3ème Vice-Présidente de la Délégation spéciale de la Mairie of Ouagadougou), and Mr Antonio Parodi (I-CHANGE Project Manager) made opening statements to welcome the participants.

The morning of November 22nd was devoted to a general definition of risk and its components: hazards, vulnerability, exposure and cooping capacity (adaptive capacity). Using PowerPoint presentations and practical exercises, this session allowed all participants better to understand the dynamics of risk and flooding in Ouagadougou.


Dr. Salack presenting his course on the definition of risk.

Picture 2: Dr. Salack presenting his course on the definition of risk

The second session (in the afternoon) was focused on the management of urban ecosystems and the occurrence of flooding in Ouagadougou. The first presentation by the Town Hall team outlined the urban dynamics of the last two decades, which have led to the occupation of drains and natural outlets for rainwater drainage. The spatial growth of the city has outgrown the resources available to it for drainage. The second presentation refunded the results of the participatory mapping of floods in Ouagadougou. These results have confirmed the previous presentation on the causes of floods in Ouagadougou.


Dr. Salack presenting his course on the definition of risk.

Picture 3: A slide describing urban dynamics of Ouagadougou

The last session of training was focused on behaviour change. For that, two serious game scenarios were executed. The first was based on the daily behaviour of citizens related to waste management and space occupation. It sensitizes them to their responsibility for the flood risks they face. The second scenario was to help decision-makers (at the municipal and national levels) in planning measures to help reduce flood risk under some constraints (financial and social). It is noticed that priority should be given to the most urgent issues.


Dr. Salack presenting his course on the definition of risk.

Picture 4: Serious game session