By Monica Mutoni TMA/NECJOGHA
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania- The Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) in collaboration with other partners on Thursday organized an awareness event for HIGH impact Weather lAke sYstem (HIGHWAY) project at Ubungo Plaza Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam.
During the opening the acting Director General of TMA, Dr. Ladislaus Chang’a informed the workshop participants that TMA is committed and dedicated to enhance climate resilience for the people in the Lake Victoria basin through provision of enhanced early warning services.
‘TMA working with development partners are doing every effort to ensure improved climate resilience for the people of the Lake Victoria basin’, stated Dr. Chang’a.
Dr. Chang’a also noted that the project stakeholders will work together to ensure innovative products are developed, validated and communicated to improve early warnings in the region including improving access to information and support the generation and maintenance of Early Warning Services for the Lake Victoria region.
Earlier at the opening, Rita Roberts the project scientist from the National Centre for Atmosphere Research (NCRA) highlighted the overall aim of the project which is to establish a regional Early Warning System (EWS) for the East Africa Region by working through mandated institutions from the international, regional and national levels to ensure the regional EWS is effective and sustainable. She further said successful implementation of the HIGHWAY project will enhance provision of accurate, reliable and timely weather and climate related products and information in a cost-effective and sustainable manner in a way that will minimize loss of life and damage to property along the Lake Victoria Basin.
The project brings together various partners including the National Meteorological Services of (NMHSs) of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research, UKMet Office. It is managed by WMO and Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).