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AMCOMET Newsletter 004

October 2014
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NEW DATES  for the Third Session of AMCOMET

The Third Session of AMCOMET will take place 10 - 14 February 2015, in the Repubic of Cabo Verde.

Official invitations are on their way.  

Please visit our website for more information.

In the photo (L-R):  Dr. Joseph R. Mukabana, Mr. Michel JarraudH.E. Hon Prof Jonathan Moyo, Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, representing the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate of Zimbabwe and Chair of AMCOMET, Ms. Olushola Olayide, African Union Commission, and Dr. Amos Makarau, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe with the WMO.

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Call for Proposals - Clim-Dev Special Fund

About the Clim-Dev Programme
The Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme was established to create a solid foundation for Africa’s response to climate change.

About Clim-Dev Special Fund
The Clim-Dev Special Fund (CDSF) is a multi-donor fund established by the African Development Bank under a tripartite partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). It s currently capitalized to € 33 million - With contributions from the Nordic Development Fund, Swedish International Development Agency and the European Union.

Objectives
CDSF is the investment arm of ClimDev-Africa program which aims to address the challenges associated with climate data and information. It envisages to translate these into effective policies to support adaptation and mitigation on the continent.

Project eligibility
Proposed activities and projects must fall into  one or more of the following three areas.

  • Generation and wide dissemination of reliable and high quality climate Information in Africa
  • Capacity enhancement of policy makers and policy support institutions to integrate climate change information into development programs; and
  • Implementation of pilot adaptation practices that demonstrate the value in mainstreaming climate information into development.

Who is eligible?

  • African countries of dedicated institutions, organizations, agencies undertaking activities in the territory of these countries
  • NGO,CSO and CBO: to be eligible, these organizations should demonstrate their credibility and track record in the CDSF areas on intervention

How to apply?

  • Download the CDSF operations and procedures manual at climdev-africa.org
  • Submit a complete project concept note according to Annex III of CDSF Operations and Procedures manual.
  • Submit final application to: cdsf@afdb.org

Click here for more information in English and French.


The Benoni Statement signed during the High Level Meeting on the Global Framework for Climate Services 

On the 7th of September, 2014, the Benoni Statement was signed by H.E. Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, Republic of South Africa and H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission reaffirming their support in the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) in Africa and to the Addis Ababa Declaration.  WMO Deputy Secretary-General, Mr Jerry Lengoasa, and representative of the AMCOMET Bureau Chair and Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe with the WMO, Dr. Amos Makarau, made statements in support of the work of the GFCS-Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Task Team and the implementation of GFCS in Africa. 

The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) is a member of the GFCS-ACP Task Team, which was established to facilitate the implementation of the Addis Ababa Declaration with the mandate to develop and mobilize the necessary resources for a GFCS-ACP project notably through the 11th European Development Fund (EDF-11) for ACP regions.

The High-Level Meeting, in Benoni, South Africa, was attended by the African Union Commission (AUC), representatives of the Regional Economic Communities (CEMAC, ECCAS, IGAD and IOC), the African-Caribbean-Pacific Secretariat (ACP Secretariat), European Union (EU), African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD), the World Meteorological Organization, and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), among others.

AMCOMET Participates at the 11th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa

The EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa (UFA) took place in the Johannesburg suburb of Benoni, South Africa, from 8 to 12 September 2014.  The purpose of the Forum was to sustain the well established dialogue between EUMETSAT and the African user community, in particular the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and Regional Climate Centres (RCCs). The overall objective is to facilitate the use of EUMETSAT satellite data throughout the continent.

Mr. Alain Ratier, Director General of EUMETSAT and Mr. Jerry Lengoasa, Deputy Secretary-General of the WMO participated during the Opening Ceremony of the User Forum.  AMCOMET was represented by Dr. Amos Makarau, representing the Bureau Chair of AMCOMET and by Dr. Joseph R. Mukabana, Director for Africa and Least Developed Countries at the WMO, who is also the Director of the AMCOMET Secretariat.

Dr. Mukabana presented the status of AMCOMET and the way forward as it relates to the African Regional Space Programme.  He also participated in the Working Session on the African Regional Space Programme and provided the linkages of AMCOMET to the pan-African initiative led by the
AU Space Working Group and the African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology (AMCOST), with whom the AMCOMET Task Force on the Space Programme provides inputs related to meteorology. 

Meteorological needs, as they relate to the five themes of the African Space Policy, namely, earth observations; satellite communication; navigation and positioning; space physics and astronomy, were highlighted.  It was further noted that the draft African Regional Space Strategy, presented by the Chair of the AU Space Working Group would need to be harmonized with the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology.


Click here for the Recommendations from the 11th UFA.

In the photo (L-R):  Dr. Linda Makuleni, CEO of the South African Weather Service, Mr. Alain Ratier, Director General of EUMETSAT, Mr. Jerry Lengoasa, Deputy Secretary General of WMO, H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, African Union Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture.

Featured Partner Institution

The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) is the specialized institution of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), whose Member States encompass the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) and include include Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania.  

ICPAC’s Mission is provision of timely climate early warning information and supporting specific sector applications to enable the region cope with various risks associated with extreme climate variability and change for poverty alleviation, environment management and sustainable development of member countries.

In July 2014, Dr. Guleid A. Artan was appointed the new Director of the ICPAC.  
Dr. Guleid A. Artan has a PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University and has twenty years of experience in hydrology and meteorology.

Dr. Guleid A. Artan has been a leader in the scientific world having worked with international and national organization on four continents, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal; the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in Laos; National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the United States, Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF) the development bank of Latin American in Venezuela; the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations; São Paulo State Department of Energy and at various NMHSs in Mozambique, Djibuti, Laos, Nepal, Kenya, and Peru.  Please join us in welcoming him on his new post.

Click here for more information on ICPAC, its objectives, mandate, products and services, among others.


Featured Case Study

The objective of the featured case study, which spanned from August  2011 to July 2014, was to strengthen the capacity of  ICPAC in the dissemination of climate prediction and agro-meteorological services to vulnerable farming communities for improved agricultural production and food security to enhance adaptation to climate variability and climate change.

The three-year project, which addressed the risks to the agricultural sector resulting from climate change and variability within the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) region, was implemented by ICPAC with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation.  The project focused on four case studies to derive lessons and experiences among 4 vulnerable communities in Kenya located in Oloitokitok, Reru, Nganyi and Nyahera.  Oloitokitok communities are predominantly nomadic pastoralists highly vulnerable to severe and frequent droughts.  Reru area is characterized by semi-arid conditions and the community chosen for the case study are highly religious subsistence farmers.  Nyahera is a peri-urban subsistence farming community.  While the Nganyi are peasants with a long history of traditional weather forecasting commonly known by some locals to be rain makers.  Over 200 crop farmers and pastoralists participated in the project. 

This project has clearly demonstrated that accurate climate prediction, followed by proper interpretation and timely dissemination, increases food security and improves farmers' livelihoods.  

Click here for more information on the project objectives, activities and more importantly it's successes. 


Conference on the Gender Dimensions of Weather and Climate Services


Universal Access ¦  Empowering Women

Geneva, 5 - 7 November 2014

Empowerment of women is important both to improve the effectiveness of weather and climate services and to build climate resilience.

The Conference on the Gender Dimensions of Weather and Climate Services will raise awareness and showcase good practices and concrete actions to empower women – as well as men – to  produce, acquire and use such services to make more informed decisions in the weather and climate-sensitive areas of food security, disaster risk reduction, water resources management and public health. 

Participants include:

  • Meteorologists and climate scientists, including leading young professionals.
  • UN agencies, academic institutions and NGOs working in climate change, gender equality, food security, disaster risk reduction, water resources management and public health.
  • National authorities and country-level practitioners.
  • National and international women’s rights advocates.
  • Reinsurance and communication technology companies.

Conference outcomes will feed into the post-2015 development agenda, the disaster risk reduction future framework, the Global Framework for Climate Services and other future climate action, and Beijing +20. The outcomes will specify the commitments required to enhance openness and inclusion in providing weather and climate services that better serve communities around the world, especially women, as both weather and climate vulnerability and adaptive capacity often differ by gender.

Click here for the Programme and Speakers

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