WHAT IS AMCOMET?
While meteorology is known first and foremost for its contribution to safe and regular air and sea transport, it does have several other essential functions: it helps farmers to produce more and better, helps to combat diseases such as malaria and meningitis, and saves many human lives by disseminating early warnings of floods and droughts. The delivery of tailor-made weather, climate and water services is increasingly needed to ensure food security, improved water management, disaster risk reduction and better health. They will further improve human safety, prosperity and livelihood and preserve precious natural resources to the benefit of communities, especially the most vulnerable. In some African countries, climate-sensitive socio-economic sectors, such as energy, transport, tourism and urban planning, already benefit from such services however; further enhancements need be put in place.
This is the rationale for the establishment of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) as the authority that fosters political will to strengthen National Meteorological Services to enable them to fully perform their roles as a fundamental component of the national development infrastructure and a major contributor to economic and social development. It is also the body responsible for all matters related to meteorology and its applications.
AMCOMET’s key objectives are to promote political cooperation and streamline policies at a pan-African level and advocate for sound decision-making based on robust science. AMCOMET will consolidate and build on previous achievements to further promote the effective use of weather and climate products and services that meet end-user requirements to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The AMCOMET Brochure provides an overview of the conference; it's mandate, rationale and activities. Click here to view the brochure.