By Andrew Kaggwa, NECJOGHA DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania
The Director General of the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), Dr. Agnes Kijazi has said Tanzania has improved on collection of climate information by investing in constructing automatic weather stations.
“We have expanded our observation network through expanding on the number of automatic weather stations,” Dr. Kijazi told over 200 participants in the Fifty Third Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF53) going on at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania..
The Tanzania Meteorological Department director general Dr. Agnes Kijazi presenting at #GHACOF53 on how @tma_services has expanded their observation network in Tanzania@tma_services @icpac_igad pic.twitter.com/ub3eQGPuWg
— Climate News Africa (@ClimateNewsAfr1) August 26, 2019
The theme for GHACOF 53 is “Early warning for Early Action in Support of Climate Resilience” and has brought 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 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.