Experts discuss implementation plan for African strategy on meteorology - Director for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union (AU) Commission Abebe Haile Gabriel has said the development of the Implementation Plan for the integrated African strategy on meteorology is 'cardinal' as it would improve the generation of climate information on the African continent.
Abebe spoke here at a meeting of experts and stakeholders to discuss and draft the implementation plan and resource mobilisation strategy for the integrated African strategy on meteorology.
According to an AU Commission statement made available to PANA here Monday, he said improved generation of climate information would enhance the capacity of National and Hydro-Meteorological Services to explore the potential of Earth Observation (EO) technologies in monitoring droughts, floods, weather, climate, fisheries, rangelands, forests, etc, as a tool for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
“The drafting of the Implementation Plan is also very timely as we are still discussing our African Agenda 2063 on: Pan Africanism and African Renaissance; and in addition we are commemorating the 10 years of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programm.” Dr. Abebe said.
“Furthermore, the recently held 22nd Session of the African Union Assembly launched the Year 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security. I have no doubt that the Implementation Plan being developed will support climate change adaptation in the field of agriculture which contributes to over 80% of rural livelihood needs and over 40% of GDP in Africa,” he added.
Officially opening the experts meeting, Dr. Elliot Bungare, African Union Conference of Ministers responsible for Meteorology and the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) Bureau Chief and Head of International Relations of the Zimbabwe Meteorological Department, said the Implementation Plan would be comprehensive and would take into consideration the numerous issues affecting climate and meteorology.
He said the plan would also support activities in line with the AU declared Year of Agriculture and Food Security, and urged Regional Economic Communities to consider the integrated African Strategy whenever they discuss meteorology and climate change issues.
The Integrated Strategy was developed as a policy document to enhance the cooperation between African countries and ensure that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the capacity to fulfill their responsibilities, including the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).