Calls to Commit to Improving Hydromet Services in Africa to Support Climate Action
Future Climate for Africa’s (FCFA) Nkulumo Zinyengere recently attended the first Africa Hydromet Forum at the Africa Union Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In this blog Nkulumo draws together the key messages and recommendations from the Forum.“Africa’s development must integrate hydromet (weather, water and climate) information in its plans. Hydromet information needs to be readily available to advance social development in Africa”, said Fatima Denton, the coordinator for the African Climate Policy Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The Forum was attended by over 500 stakeholders in weather, water and climate services, ranging from researchers, development partners, policy makers, and NGOs. The event consisted of over 40 sessions held over three and half days, with discussions on how to improve hydromet services for development, focusing on coordination of climate services, lessons and experiences from on-going projects, public and private partnerships, early warning systems for early action and investment needs among others.