Preparing for the Post El Nino Impacts in the Greater Horn of Africa

The IGAD Climate Prediction & Application Centre (ICPAC) this morning launched the 43rd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF-43) in Naivasha. GHACOF-43 is being convened in the aftermath of the 2015/2016 El-NiAo event.

The aim of the COFs is to provide consensus regional seasonal climate outlooks for applications in climate sensitive socio-economic sectors for sustainable development. The theme of the forum will be “Preparedness for Post- El NiAo Impacts in the Greater Horn of Africa”.

The main objectives of GHACOF 43 is to develop consensus regional climate outlook for the June to September 2016 rainfall season, and to formulate and mitigation strategies to the implications of forecasted seasonal rainfall and temperature on the key socio-economic sectors in the GHA region.

The Guest of Honour, Mr. Thomas Lelekoitien representing the Director of the Climate Change Secretariat, note that ICPAC and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in the region are addressing climate change issues through awareness creation using regional platforms such as this forum among others.

In his turn the Director of ICPAC, Dr. Guleid Artan, in his opening remarks, highlighted that “besides providing climate services in support of environmental management and disaster risk management, ICPAC is also keen to enhance the applications of climate services in other key sectors such as Water, Agriculture and Health within the framework of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)”.

The forum brings together climate scientists, researchers, applications experts from key socio-economic sectors from governmental and non-governmental organizations, decision-makers, scientists and civil society stakeholders among others. Several users’ specific workshops including Agriculture and Food Security; Water Resources; Disaster Risk Management and Media will be organized alongside the forum.

The co-operating institutions/partners in the GHACOF-43 include the GHA Member States’ National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs); and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USAID, World Bank, UNISDR, Met Office UK and the US Geological Survey.###

Source: Peace,Prosperity And Regional Integration