On the 8th and 9th of February 2018 the Regional Steering Committee Meeting for the Oti Flood Hazard Assessment project convened for the last time at the Sarakawa hotel in Lomé, Togo. Since the end of 2016, HKV was involved in this World Bank financed project. HKV was responsible for hydrological and hydraulic model development, setting up a transboundary early warning system, preparation of flood risk maps and the organisation of transboundary training sessions. A protocol was put in place to facilitate flood early warning procedures during the flood season of 2017, and it was good to conclude that the relevant institutes in Togo and Ghana were able to prepare forecasts on almost a daily basis.
On Thursday the 8th of February the final deliverables were discussed with all the stakeholders (including water authorities, meteorological institutes and disaster management authorities) from Togo and Ghana. The meeting was chaired by the Volta Basin Authority. During the meeting recommendations were made and the final product approved. On Friday the 9th of February a formal closing ceremony was held, in the presence of le Ministre de la Securité et Protection Civil, le ministre de l'Agriculture, de l'elevage et hydraulique and le ministre de l'environnement et des ressources forestière. Other Regional Steering Committee Meetings for this project were held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Accra (Ghana). The project was also presented by some of the stakeholders during the Amsterdam International Water Week in 2017.
The Oti river is a transboundary river in the Volta Basin. Its origin is in Benin (where it is named Pendjari), then it flows through the Northern part of Togo where some tributaries from Burkina Faso discharge into the river. The river is part of the border between Togo and Ghana, and finally the Oti discharges in Lake Volta.