By David Luganda – NECJOGHA /AFMC

Kampala, Uganda: The Fifty-Seventh Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 57) will convene to decide on the forecast for the March-April-May rain season.

GHACOF57 will be held virtually under the theme, ‘Managing Climate Extremes’.

 The forum will be held within the framework of the IGAD regional strategy for mainstreaming climate information in key socio-economic sectors for sustainable development.

GHACOF 57, will bring together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socio-economic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, development partners, decision-makers, and civil society stakeholders to evaluate potential impacts of seasonal forecast and co-produce mitigation measures.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with partners is jointly organizing the Fifty-Seventh Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 57) for the March to May (MAM) 2020 season to be held virtually on 17 February 2021.

GHACOF57 key stakeholders and partners include the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the GHA region and international partner organizations such as the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO); European Union; The Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS); Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom; WMO Global Producing Centres of long-range forecasts and the World Bank/GFDRR among others.

The main objectives of the forum to be held on 17 February 2021 will be to:  Present the consolidated objective regional climate outlook for the March to May 2021 season; ii. Analyse and discuss the implications of the climate forecast and response strategies; iii. Provide a regional interaction platform for decision-makers, climate scientists, research scientists, users of climate information, and development partners. iv. Release of the forum statemen

The forum will be preceded by three virtual events:

  1. 8-12th February: Capacity building and climate prediction development workshop for climate experts from the participating National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs). Attendance is by invitation only. The main Forum will be held through Zoom in one plenary meeting with presentations and discussion on the 17th of February.
  2.  15th February: Co-production workshops for Agriculture and Food Security, Livestock and Rangelands, Water Resources and Energy, Health, Conflict Early Warning and Disaster Risk Management, Media sectors and Climate Change, on 15 February 2021. Attendance is by invitation only.
  3. 16th February: User and sector specific parallel Pre COF workshop for all sector actors: Agriculture and Food Security, Livestock and Rangelands, Water Resources and Energy, Health, conflict early warning, Disaster Risk Management and Media. Participation is open and GHACOF participants are encouraged to register for their sector of relevance.

 ICPAC member countries are Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Interested participants should register on the following link https://www.icpac.net/ghacof-57/

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