FANFAR in Burkina Faso - Building resilience through effective operational flood forecasting and alerts

FANFAR in Burkina Faso is a recently started project aiming to support the country in improving the flood forecast and early warning system, building on the achievements of FANFAR. It is funded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and will be running until the end of 2024.

In the project we collaborate with AGRHYMET as well as various national agencies:

DGRE: General Directorate of Water Resources

DEIE: Directorate of Studies and Information on Water

CONASUR: National Emergency Relief Council

ANAM : National Meteorological Agency


The main objectives of the project are to:

  • Make operational flood forecast and alert information (flood hazard summary reports) available through the FANFAR system for Burkina Faso.
  • Build capacity on how to integrate new datasets, operationalize and operate the FANFAR system.
  • Establish the use of the FANFAR system with national, regional and local institutions.

Project activities

The project activities for FANFAR in Burkina Faso can be summarised in three interlinked activities:

Activity 1: Improve the FANFAR system for flood forecasting and alerts and extend the use and value of FANFAR in Burkina Faso. This activity is made of following components:

  • Structure the local hydrometric data in Burkina Faso for forecasting systems.
  • Integrate data from local hydrometric stations in FANFAR.
  • Integrate new meteorological data in FANFAR.
  • Improve the hydrological model HYPE for Burkina Faso.
  • Automate the production of flood hazard reports, focusing on providing accessible forecast outputs.

Activity 2: Develop a multi-source forecast visualisation and analysis portal at the national level in Burkina Faso, with focus on developing a visualisation portal for analysing multiple forecast systems on national level in Burkina Faso.

Activity 3: Work with capacity development to reinforce the operational capacity of DEIE/DGRE to interpret and elaborate flood forecasting in Burkina Faso.

The project is implemented using an agile and collaborative development approach, to enhance the sense of ownership and promote long-term sustainability.

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The operational forecasting chain used in FANFAR. Each day a new hydrological forecast is produced and distributed to enable productive applications in West Africa.