Implementing organisations VITO (Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek) and ACMAD (African Centre for Meteorological Applications for Development)
Associated partner City of Niamey
Period of implementation 04/2021-03/2023
Digital tools Web-based platform, open data, data modeling
Country Niger
Sector Climate Change, Urban resilience, Urban planning and Design
Budget 284.239 €
Contribution to SDGs sdg 3sdg 11sdg 13
Factsheet

VITO

What is the project aiming to achieve?

Around the globe, we are increasingly witnessing and experiencing the consequences of accelerated climate change. However, it seems that developing countries are often disproportionally affected compared to other – more industrialised – parts of the world. Several parts of the African continent and urban areas in particular are expected to gradually head towards a situation of so-called ‘deadly heat’, meaning a climatological situation in which human physiology is pushed beyond its limits in terms of natural cooling capacity. Naturally, such a situation could negatively affect the health of individuals or even entire risk-prone groups (e.g. the elderly, children, etc.) in urban and rural areas across Africa. Moreover, this ‘deadly heat’ will most likely have spill-over effects for the economy (e.g. decreased labour productivity) and for energy consumption (e.g. increased use and demand for cooling and air-condition systems).

Due to a lack of relevant and urban-specific climatological data, policy makers are faced with difficulties in finding the right policy measures in order to address this rising challenge and to enhance the resilience of urban areas. In order to better understand the challenge of climate change and of ‘deadly heat’ in particular, this project aims at providing urban climate change information for the city of Niamey, tailored to the needs of local authorities and civil society actors. By providing this information to several societal actors, the project also aims at stimulating and facilitating policy measures that enhance Niamey’s resilience in the face of urban climate change. Finally, the u-CLIP project has the ambition to scale up the use of the U-CLIP platform towards other cities across the African continent.

Digital component

In order to increase the understanding of the issue and to facilitate the formulation of policy measures at urban level, the project will use a digital (web-based) open-data urban climate change information platform, called ‘u-CLIP’. Its data will be measured in a participatory way, meaning that the project aims to mobilise citizens to measure thermal stress using wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) measurement devices. Moreover, u-CLIP will also consult existing regional climate data (CORDEX, etc.) to produce fine-scale urban climate change data for the near and remote future, using existing software (UrbClim).

The use of this innovative platform will undoubtedly contribute to achieving the project’s objective, which is to trigger climate action that leads to an enhanced climate resilience in the urban agglomeration of Niamey and – in the longer term – more cities across Africa.