In June, the fifth international climate change adaptation conference, Adaptation Futures, was held in Africa – a first for the conference series. Around 1,200 people attended Adaptation Futures in Cape Town with a program which reflected the growing emphasis on climate information services (CIS) in the adaptation community.
Ahead of the conference, the USAID-funded Learning Agenda on Climate Services in sub-Saharan Africa hosted a full-day workshop with partners from the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town. The Learning Agenda, consisting of the Mercy Corps-led Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI) and the Winrock-led Sustainable CIS program, convened 65 participants to examine and discuss recent research on the generation and delivery of CIS. Throughout the day the participants–including researchers, donors, members of NMHSs and implementing partners—explored the needs of CIS end users, how to quantitatively assess the capacity of NMHSs, the role of public-private partnerships, financial revenue generation models for NMHSs, and the challenges of social and sector inclusion of CIS.
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Early warning systems require the availability of high quality data, yet many countries that are most vulnerable to climate extremes have limited observations. In the Sahel region, gaps in the observation network need to be filled so that countries can develop and use climate services. To address this issue, an innovative yet locally sustainable solution has been deployed in Senegal: 3D printing.
In addition to visualizing the emergence of meningitis cases in Africa and in Niger Health Districts, the vigilance maps produced by the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) also show how twinning activities are serving as an efficient means for building capacity at and transferring knowledge between global, regional and national levels.