Message from the Bureau Chair

H. E. Dr Emanuel Antero Veiga AMCOMET Bureau Chair and Minister of Environment, Habitation and Territory Planning, Republic of Cabo Verde
H. E. Dr Emanuel Antero Veiga AMCOMET Bureau Chair and Minister of Environment, Habitation and Territory Planning, Republic of Cabo Verde

Thank you for actively participating during the Third Session of AMCOMET which took place in Praia, Cabo Verde from 10 – 14 February 2015.  The depth and richness of your deliberations has ensured the success of the Session and the approval of the Praia Ministerial Declaration, which outlines our work during the inter-sessional period.

Key decisions taken last February include the approval of AMCOMET’s Constitution and Rules of Procedures, the Implementation and Resource Mobilization Plan of the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services), as well as the continued collaboration with the African Union Space Working Group, which includes the African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology (AMCOST) and the African Union Conference of Ministers in Charge of Communications and Information Technologies (CITMC) in the development of the African Regional Space Programme.

The Declaration also calls for a closer collaboration with the ClimDev Africa Programme through a joint oversight of the Climate Research for Development Agenda, the priority agenda in strengthening long-term research capability in Africa to deliver improved climate services for development and ensure that climate science outputs address end-user needs.

In April 2010, the Nairobi Declaration established the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) as a high-level mechanism for the development of meteorology and its applications in Africa.  Its vision is to have a framework for cooperation, security, socio-economic development and poverty eradication on a pan-African level through sound governance and the application of the science of meteorology and its related sciences.

Since then, AMCOMET has made significant progress in establishing a platform for guidance and policy dialogue.  The approval and subsequent endorsement by the African Union Executive Council of the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services), which is a key framework document for the effective mainstreaming of weather and climate services into sub-regional and national development policies and plans, lays the foundation for the work that lies ahead.

During my tenure, I plan to further build on the work that my predecessors have done by strengthening policies to advance the weather and climate agenda, refine strategies and actions needed to address the challenges that Africa faces in support of the Sustainable Development Goals and socio-economic development.

Knowing that you share the same passion to serve and to promote the Africa agenda, I am reassured by your commitment and very much look forward to collaborating with all of you.

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Third Session of AMCOMET

The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3) was held in Praia, Cabo Verde on 10 – 14 February 2015. The conference is organized in partnership between the African Union Commission (AUC), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Republic of Cabo Verde. more

Integrated African Strategy

During the Second Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology / African Union Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology, the Ministers adopted the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services). 

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In 2003, DMC Nairobi became a specialized institution of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and was renamed the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC).

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Featured Case Study

 

The featured case study, implemented by ICPAC with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, has clearly demonstrated that accurate climate prediction, followed by proper interpretation and timely dissemination, increases food security and improves farmers' livelihoods.

Case study of the Rockefeller project (PDF)