Starting in 2012, pilot projects of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) were launched in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger. National consultations for climate services were held in each of these countries to facilitate identification of specific gaps and needs in the countries as well as critical elements for the implementation of climate services.
The national workshops brought together over fifty representatives from climate-sensitive sectors in each country, as well as farmers, herders and community spokespersons, and representatives from rural radios, farmer platforms, and community based organizations. At the end of the workshop, roadmaps to build National Frameworks for Climate Services in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali were developed.
In addition, Niger is in the process of finalizing its national plan of action that will address the gaps and needs that were highlighted at the national consultation. The plan indicates, in great detail, the activities that are needed in order to establish frameworks for climate services at national level - to enable tailored products and services to support decision making.