BY LUGANDA DAVID AFC/NECJOGHA
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania – The Fifty Third Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 53) will be held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from August 26 to August 28, 2019.
GHACOF 53 will convene under the theme, “Early warning for Early Action in Support of Climate Resilience.”
The forum will bring together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socio-economic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, development partners, decision-makers,media and civil society stakeholders among others.
GHACOF53 is organized by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners.
It will be held with in the framework of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) regional strategy for mainstreaming climate information in key socio-economic sectors for sustainable development.
During the forum several user specific workshops will be organized, including Agriculture and Food Security, Livestock, Water Resources, Energy, Health, and Disaster Risk Management. The forum will be preceded by a capacity building training workshop for climate experts from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the ICPAC member states to be held at ICPAC, Nairobi, Kenya from 19 to 24 August 2019.
The Greater Horn of Africa region comprises Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
The main objectives of the forum will be to:
- a) Review lessons/experiences from the use of the products provided during GHACOF 52;
- b) Follow up on the implementation of proposed mitigation measures proposed in GHACOF 52;
- c) Develop consensus regional climate outlook for the October to December 2019 season;
- d) Formulate mitigation strategies for key socio-economic sectors in the GHA region based onthe consensus seasonal forecast
- e) Provide a regional interaction platform for decision makers, climate scientists, researchscientists as well as users of climate information.
At GHACOF52 which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May, climate scientists and researchers came to a consensus on the seasonal climate outlook for the June-July-August (JJA) season.
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