December 2013

African Climate Conference

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The Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC-2013), held in Arusha, Tanzania, in October, brought together decision-makers, climate researchers, scientists and practitioners from around the world. The Conference catalyzed the development of a coordinated research agenda to advance the current frontiers of climate knowledge to inform adaptation decision-making and climate risk management in Africa in order to provide policy-makers and vulnerable communities with operational climate services.


Participants in the African Climate Conference

The proposed agenda, Climate Research for Development in Africa (CR4D Africa), identifies four large priorities for climate research to serve development in Africa. Under each priority are clustered pan-African climate research programme proposals that need to be supported and implemented to advance knowledge. Each one bridges the gap between social and biophysical research and between research and application towards delivery of a coordinated climate research agenda for Africa that aligns research outputs with user needs.

ACC-2013 further recommended the establishment of a coordination platform on African Climate Research, tasked with defining a sustainable mechanism for implementing the CR4D Agenda. This platform is expected to gather for the first time in the 1st quarter of 2014. It will bring together all major players on climate research in Africa, and others as needed, to reach a high-level strategic agreement on the priorities for climate research in Africa.

“The Africa Climate Conference 2013 has proposed an ambitious and coherent research agenda for climate research to serve development in Africa, resting on innovative proposals for pan-African research programmes that each proposes to bridge the gap between social and biophysical research, and between research and application,“ said Agnes Kijazi, Director-General of the Tanzania Meteorological Agency, summing up the outcomes of the meeting.

ACC-2013 took place in conjunction with the Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDAIII) in Addis Ababa and was organized by the African Climate Policy Center and the World Climate Research Programme. The University of Dar-Es-Salaam hosted the event.

“National Meteorological and Hydrological Services are the authority and key providers of accurate and timely weather and climate services for informed decision-making,” noted WMO Assistant Director General Elena Manaenkova. She further indicated that they are pillars in support of planning and preparedness to reduce disaster impacts and spur socio-economic growth and development. The Chair of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), Dr. Gabriel Abebe, AUC Director of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, highlighted the “necessity of bringing together key ministries to engage in productive conversations and building synergies.”

At the close of the event, AMCOMET was requested to work quickly towards implementing the Strategy and to ensure closer collaboration with other related regional programmes in Africa, in particular the ClimDev Africa Initiative (see WMO Bulletin Vol. 62-213, Special Issue, page 35).

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Side-Event on the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology

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The African Union Commission (AUC) and WMO hosted a sideevent during CCDA-III that discussed the role of the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology in the enhancement of climate services for development in Africa. The speakers highlighted the African perspective on the development and application of climate services at all levels, taking into consideration the continent’s deteriorating weather monitoring systems, which weaken the quality of services. Panellists further agreed on the need for African political leadership and enhanced advocacy at the highest levels of government.


Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice-President of Tanzania, Dr Arame
Tall, Co-Chair of ACC-2013 is from the CGIAR Research Program
on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, and Deputy
Secretary-General Jeremiah Lengoasa

“National Meteorological and Hydrological Services are the authority and key providers of accurate and timely weather and climate services for informed decision-making,” noted WMO Assistant Director General Elena Manaenkova. She further indicated that they are pillars in support of planning and preparedness to reduce disaster impacts and spur socio-economic growth and development. The Chair of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), Dr. Gabriel Abebe, AUC Director of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, highlighted the “necessity of bringing together key ministries to engage in productive conversations and building synergies.”

At the close of the event, AMCOMET was requested to work quickly towards implementing the Strategy and to ensure closer collaboration with other related regional programmes in Africa, in particular the ClimDev Africa Initiative (see WMO Bulletin Vol. 62-213, Special Issue, page 35).

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