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The PARADeS project aims to contribute towards enhancing Ghana’s national flood disaster risk reduction and management strategy by investigating key mechanisms (drivers, pressure, state, impacts, response), existing flood risk and disaster management, governance-policy, human-water interaction, development of scenarios, action plans and feasible and sustainable measures. This will be carried out using innovative socio-technical and participatory approaches and tools.

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Consortium Partners

The consortium is composed of partners who for the most part have already collaborated in some other projects in the region. Read more below.


The University of Bonn


The University of Bonn (U-BN), Department of Geography’s research group Eco-hydrology and Water Resources Management of Prof. Evers is the overall coordinator of the project. The group has experience in the development and implementation of hydrological and hydrodynamic modeling, scenario development, vulnerability assessment, flood disaster risk management (FDRM), and decision support system (DSS). And have a good track record in the engagement and participation of stakeholders on FDRM, participatory modelling and enhancing social learning. The research group is currently involved in several projects related to FRM (BMBF), climate change adaption (BMBF), Human-Water-Research (SfB/DfG) as well as flood risk and health in Accra/Ghana (NRW Fortschrittskolleg).


The University of Freiburg

The University of Freiburg (U-FR) professor chair of Forest and Environmental Policy is part of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources. The core competency of the chair lies in the sound analysis and development of innovative and applicable policy approaches and solutions for urgent environmental policy problems. The chair has in particular experiences in the area of flood risk, climate risk and disaster, and disaster resilience at different policy levels, from local to global. The group collaborated on a number of international projects funded by BMBF, EU-FP7 and DFG and has a tradition of training Master and PhD student as well as collaborating with scholars from Ghana and other African countries.


Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences 

The research group Flood Risk Management (AG FRM) is part of the Department Water, Environment, Construction and Safety (WUBS) of the University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg (HS-M). The group was founded 20018 by Prof. Bachmann who is also the current group leader. Primary goal of our research work is the development of methods and tools that contribute to the improvement of flood protection and support adaptive and sustainable flood risk management. The aim is to develop holistic, interdisciplinary approaches. Hydrology, statistics, hydrodynamics, consequences for economy, critical infrastructures, ecology and people, reliability of structures and the risk analysis itself have to be integrated into approaches and tools. The free software package PROMAIDES which supports a multi-criteria, risk-based evaluation of flood mitigation measures is developed by us.


Flood Compence Center

Flood Competence Center (HKC) is a registered non-profit organisation in Germany, which brings together a unique network of people and institutions affected by flooding, including municipalities and universities. The HKC has more than 140 members in Germany and abroad. At HKC, science and practice are brought together for the purpose of holistic flood pre-vention and therefore the sustainable development, provision and transfer of expertise.



West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) is a research, capacity building and climate service center with its head quarters based in Accra, Ghana. It conducts research on many areas of climate science to impacts of climate change as well as adaption and mitigation of climate change. WASCAL has over 5 years of experience in natural hazard mapping, risk and vulnerability assessments at multiple scales in West Africa with particular monitoring assets located in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Benin. In this project, WASCAL will contribute to the collection and analysis of data, to the coordination and organisation of workshops, meetings and working sessions and to the formulation of R&D oriented research proposal.



As the national coordinating institution for the management of water resources and related activities, the Water Resources Commission (WRC) will be a ground-supportive institution for the identification and establishment of contact with other institutions and stakeholders. It will actively participate in the discussion and the evaluation of the proposed solutions for improvement and elaboration of research and development project. The commission will play the lead role by providing the platform to coordinate the various institutions such as the earth observation providers, disaster management organisation and the local governance institutions in Ghana.



The vision of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) is to enhance the capacity of society to prevent and manage disasters and to improve the livelihood of the poor and vulnerable in rural communities through effective disaster management, social mobilisation and employment generation. Its mission is to manage disasters by co-coordinating the resources of government institutions and non-governmental agencies, and developing the capacity of communities to respond effectively to disasters and improve their livelihood through social mobilization, employment generation and poverty reduction projects. WRC and NADMO will contribute in interviews, the realisation of the workshops, identification of key stakeholders and provide data, information and knowledge.


Cooperation Partners

MIASA The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) in Ghana is an international research college at the University of Ghana in Legon, Accra. The Institute facilitates the cooperation of Ghanaian scientists with their international peers beyond disciplinary and geographical boundaries. MIASA is committed to reducing global asymmetries in knowledge production, simultaneously bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa, as well as increasing the visibility of humanities and social science research by academics in and from Sub-Saharan Africa.


Project Partner Leaders

University of Bonn –  Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers (Consortium project leader)

University of Freiburg- Dr. Sylvia Kruse

University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniel Bachmann

Flood Competence Center – Dipl.-Hydrologe Georg Johann

WASCAL – Prof. Kehinde O. Ogunjobi and Prof. Daouda Kone

Water Resources Commission – Dr. Mawuli Lumor

National Disaster Management Organization – Ms. Charlotte Norman




Sustainable development of flood disaster risk management (FDRM) needs the understanding and integration of the social, technical, and governance perspectives. Based on intensive stakeholder participation and socio-technical tools the projects’ work packages address these different perspectives and mutually exchange their findings to contribute to the development of sound FDRM measures. The work plan is composed of seven work packages (WP). All WPs are closely interlinked, with results and information passed on between them


Who does what?

·       WP 1: Data, modeling, and risk analysis and assessment: WP Lead U-BN

Parties involved: U-BN, WASCAL, WRC, HS-M, NADMO, HKC

·       WP 2: Development of disaster scenarios, and prevention and adaptation strategies: WP Lead HS-M

Parties involved: HS-M, NADMO, U-BN, WASCAL, HKC, WRC

·       WP 3: Policy and governance of FRM and DRR: WP Lead U-FR

Parties involved: U-FR, U-BN, WRC, WASCAL, NADMO

·       WP 4: Human-floods dynamics and participation: WP Lead U-BN

Parties involved: U-BN, WASCAL, WRC, NADMO, U-FR

·       WP 5: Integrated FDRM technical tools: WP Lead HKC

Parties involved: HKC, HS-M, WASCAL, NADMO, U-BN

·       WP 6: Capacity development: WP Lead U-BN

Parties involved: U-BN, HKC, WASCAL, NADMO, U-FR, HS-M, WRC

·       WP 7: Sustainable implementation of disaster risk policy, strategies, and mechanisms: WP Lead HS-M

Parties involved: HS-M, U-BN, NADMO, WASCAL, WRC, U-FR, HKC

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