Community Resilience through Early Warning


Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is an urgent and significant development issue in Ghana.  Recognizing the importance of strengthening DRR capacities in achieving sustainable development and poverty reduction in Ghana, this project aims to build capacities within the country to reduce disaster risk by putting in place an integrated early warning system that is both scientific and people-centered. 

The main goal of the project is  to reduce disaster risks through better understanding hazard risks, reducing vulnerability to hazards and enhancing capacities for disaster risk reduction.  In order to achieve these goals, the project aims to develop hazard maps, enhance systems and coordination capacities for early warning, and implement disaster risk reduction projects in 10 pilot sites.

The proposed project is designed in a way that it aligns with the Hyogo Framework of Action and the Ghana Plan of Action for DRR and CCA, and leads to tangible results in both the national and community levels. Through the implementation of hazard mapping, early warning, and vulnerability assessment and reduction, the project aims to achieve 1) a reduction of economic and human losses and damages from priority disasters, and 2) establishment of effective early warning and communication for priority hazards to reduce disaster risks in the 10 pilot sites by 2015.


I.  A Comprehensive assessment of floods and droughts hazards, vulnerability and risks have been conducted at the national level for Ghana.
II. Methodology for floods and drought risks assessment has been developed
III. National level floods and droughts hazards, vulnerability and risk maps at current (2010)   and future scenarios (2050) have been developed (This is aimed at achieving outcome 1 and 2 of the CREW project)
IV. Floods and droughts hazards, vulnerability and risk assessment have been conducted at five rural districts and five urban districts of Ghana.
V.  10 District level maps for floods and droughts hazards, vulnerability and risks maps have developed.
VI. Disaster Risk profiles of 10 pilot sites of the project has been developed.
VII. Through the establishment of the participatory multi-stakeholder research teaching working groups, a number of capacity building workshops at National levels (one national level workshop) 10 regional level workshops and 10 district level workshops were conducted to increase the level of knowledge on hazards risks and vulnerability reductions measures.
VIII. Existing status, challenges, and opportunities for EWS in Ghana have been identified and assessed at both the national and subnational levels( This is aimed at achieving outcome 2 of the CREW project)
IX.  Early Warning communication equipment have procured and installed at the NADMO HQ and in 20 subnational offices.
X.  Seven Automated Weather Stations have been installed in seven pilots sites of the project.


Total resources required US$ 5,162,667
Total resources allocated US$ 5,162,667
Government of Norway US$ 5,162,667
Government of Ghana In kind