By Andrew Kaggwa, NECJOGHA
MOMBASA, Kenya – The Fifty Forty Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF54) has opened today in Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa.
The forum taking place at the Pride Inn Paradise Hotel, 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 and will develop a consensus climate outlook for the March to May (MAM) rainfall season .
GHACOF54 is organized by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) and partners.
GHACOF54 which has began today and ends Wednesday January 29th will be held within the framework of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) regional strategy for mainstreaming climate information in key socio-economic sectors for sustainable development.
The theme of GHACOF54 is ‘“Managing Climate-Related Risks for Resilience”.
The Greater Horn of Africa region comprises Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
GHACOF53 was held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from August 26 to August 28, 2019 and developed a consensus for the October to December (OND) rainfall season.