In the frame of the Climate information for Integrated Renewable Electricity Generation project (CIREG), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the West African Science Service Center on Climate Adaptation and Land Use (WASCAL) co-organized two training workshops (March 11th - 15th in Accra, Ghana and March 18th - 22nd in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) for the benefit of renewable energy practitioners in West Africa.
The two events were a follow-up to climate services demanded by the project beneficiaries during the first stakeholder workshop in Niamey-Niger (October 1st 4 th 2018). Both workshops provided hands-on training using the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system (LEAP) and the Water Evaluation And Planning system (WEAP) tools. In Accra, the training targeted advanced users of the two software tools. The participants were chosen exclusively from various Ghanaian public institutions, research and development agencies and academia, oriented towards the water and energy sectors. Twenty-six participants have fully attended the training sessions. In Ouagadougou, the workshop was meant for beginners and new users of both models. The thirty-six participants came from various stakeholder institutions engaged in the field of energy and renewable electricity generation in Niger, Togo and Burkina Faso. During the last days, the participants were engaged into dialogues to find alternative measures to various challenges such as data availability, sources and types, data access and sharing conditions including the continuous use of the models in their daily routine works of individual participants or institutions.
The two events were held in the conference rooms of WASCAL (respectively in the conference room at the headquarter in Accra and conference room of the Competence Centre in Ouagadougou) and co-facilitated by Dr. Devaraj De Condappa and Mr. Mbeo Ogeya from SEI. Both training workshops were organized as part of the CIREG project (https://cireg.pik-potsdam.de/) led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and financed by the Joint Program Initiative on Climate Change (JPI-Climate). The two events were broadcasted in the following media:
Report on Grafic Online (https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/ghananews-water-energy-experts-converge-on-accra-to-explore-sustainability-renewal-options.html)
Ghana News Agency (http://ghheadlines.com/agency/ghana-news-agency/20190312/112783157/wascal-trains-water-and-energy-experts-on-renewable-energy-software)
Youtube (starting at minute 6:20) (https://youtu.be/2O52wu-QIZ0)