Name: Daoura Neino Mahamadou

Position: Technical Advisor to the Climate Change and Variability Division

Organization: National Environment Council for Sustainable Development in Niger.

My name is Daoura Neino Mahamadou and I am from Niamey, Niger. 

In my country, climate change manifests itself through extreme climatic events that have disastrous consequences on agropastoral production and food security of populations. For example, severe droughts were recorded in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2011, when 3 million people were affected. In addition, there are floods with a total of 3,115,290 people and about 7,100 localities affected over the period 1998-2020 (Tiepolo, 2020). Currently, the actions of the State are oriented towards the Agriculture Climate Intelligence (AIC) but also in the implementation of Early Warning and Emergency Response Systems (EW/ERS) and the Local Early Warning System for Floods (LEWSF). 

When did you start working in climate action?  What motivated you?

I started to work in the area of climate change in 2015, I remember like it was yesterday because my first engagement was on NAMAs, then my participation in Paris COP. And since then, I have made climate change a priority because these impacts have no limits.

What will be your role at the COP26?

As the NDC and the Enhanced Transparency Framework are at the heart of the Paris Agreement, my role at COP26 is to be able to monitor progress against the Biennial Transparency Report (BTR) guidelines to better help my country prepare for the Global Assessment.

What are your expectations for COP26? What outcomes would you consider important for a successful COP? 

Outcomes include the adoption of the “Enhanced Transparency Framework” procedures and guidelines under the Paris Agreement, common tables for reporting national inventory emissions data, and the guidelines for the Biennial Transparency Report (BTR) and the national inventory.

The outcomes considered important are long-term funds, capacity building and common tools needed to meet reporting obligations, as well as a training program for reviewers (auditors) of these “Biennial Transparency Reports”.

Why is south-south cooperation important to you and your country?

South-South cooperation is important because it facilitates capacity building and technology transfer.