Wednesday, September 19, 2018

13th February, 2018

PS, Env & Forestry, Mr. C. Sunkuli, opening the GHACOF48 Conf. in Msa, flanked by Exec. Dir., IGAD, Eng. Mahboub, Dir. ICPAC, Dr. Guleid Artan, Msa County Comm. Evans Achoki & KMD Director, Peter Ambenje.

Local and international scientists and users of climate information congregated in Mombasa under the 48th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum to share their research findings, deliberate and agree on the consensus outlook for the expected weather situation across ten IGAD countries.

Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli officially opened the Forum and underscored the importance of Weather and Climate information in the socio-economic development of any country. He noted that negative effects of climate change were evident in the form of global warming and increase in the frequency of adverse weather and extreme climate events which occasionally evolved into disasters.

He emphasized that time to take action is now to adapt and/or mitigate against the effects of severe weather events and disasters when they occur.

He observed that timely early warnings of such events help the policy makers to plan for the disasters as well as prepare the citizenry to cope with them.

He noted that there are indications of the potential for a La Nina phenomenon developing over the equatorial Pacific Ocean and he encouraged ICPAC in partnership and collaboration with the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and other research and application organizations in the field of weather and climate, to monitor the evolution of this phenomenon and provide useful information to the National Governments in the Greater Horn of Africa region that will enable formulation of contingency plans to reduce any potential impacts.

He urged the NMHSs to ensure that the downscaled National Forecasts trickle down to all citizens at the counties and disseminated to the grass root levels.

The Forum brought together participants from 10 IGAD countries in the sectors of: environment, agriculture, health, energy, water, civil society, media and other relevant agencies and was funded by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), ICPALD and the United Nations Development Program.

It was attended by H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD); Dr. Guleid Artan, Director IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC); Evans Achoki, County Commissioner, Mombasa; and Peter Ambenje, Director, Kenya Meteorological Department and Permanent Representative of Kenya with WMO among others.

It is a regular meeting that is held before every long rainfall season. The last meeting was held in Ethiopia in November, 2017.

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