GHACOF53: Scientists challenged to embrace indigenous knowledge in forecasting

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By Andrew Kaggwa

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – The Tanzania Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Isaack Kamwelwe has challenged scientists to consider indigenous knowledge when doing weather forecasting.  

“In south western Tanzania there are a variety of insects and when they appear it indicates the start of rainfall seasons and another variety indicates the failure of the season,” Kamwelwe said this on Monday while officiating at the Fifty-Third Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF-53).

The theme which is being held under the theme “Early Warning for Early Action in Support of Climate Resilience” is organized by ICPAC in collaboration with the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners.

The Greater Horn of Africa region comprises Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Dr. Kijazi also thanked the Tanzania government for the assistance given to TMA. The forum opened on Monday August 26th and is due to close on Wednesday August 28, 2019 when the forum will reach a consensus on the seasonal forecast for the October to December season.

Kamwelwe said that he trusts the deliberations from the meeting will come up with resolutions for a more effective early warning system that will contribute in enhancing resilience to weather and climate related hazards, thus reducing risk of negative impacts of climate related disasters.

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