In 2010 severe flooding in Togo’s Mono River Basin affected tens of thousands. As in previous years, the Nangbéto Hydropower Dam helped to absorb a large portion of the incoming waters… But when the reservoir filled up, all water arriving from upstream had to be allowed to flow downstream. Disaster relief emergency funding was allocated on 28th October to deal with the impacts of widespread inundation.
Early actions for preparedness can be much better than response. On average, pre-disaster interventions are much more cost-effective…Yet from 2006 to 2010, just 3 percent of official humanitarian aid was directed to disaster prevention and preparedness.
Forecast-based Financing (FbF) is a system to use climate and weather forecasts to automatically disburse funding for preparedness actions before a possible extreme event occurs. FbF is being piloted in Togo, as well as in Bangladesh, Mozambique, Peru, and Uganda.
The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, GFDRR and partners are developing innovative ways to address rising risks, enabling vulnerable communities to prepare for imminent floods, so that lives and livelihoods no longer have to ‘go with the flow’.
Created by: Pablo Suarez
Designed by: Rhiannon Fox
With Thanks To:
Communaute Electrique du Benin
Alexander Bouchner, Alexandra Rueth, Andrea Boscolo, Ferdinand Sessou, Herman Dolder, Janot Mendler de Suarez, Jorge Barbosa, Keiko Saito, Koffi Hounkpe, Marguerite Devens, Nelson Akibode, Studio Tomás Saraceno.
Rainfall Upstream of Dam: 5-day rolling average from CHIRPS
(Climate Hazards Group InfraRed Precipitation with Station data)
Reservoir Level and River Flow: Nangbéto Dam, CEB.
2016 Understanding Risk Forum (Venice, Italy)