Africa urged to foster cooperation in weather and climate services

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Friday urged African countries to foster cooperation in weather and climate services by ratifying the proposed continental strategy on weather.

Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of WMO said that since weather has no boundary, all the countries need to ratify the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) constitution to improve climate risk management for the protection of life and property.

“The constitution will help address challenges and increase safety on land, water and in the air,” said Taalas.

Taalas added that the constitution will foster cooperation in the provision of weather and climate services in Africa.

He revealed that WMO which is the UN’s authoritative voice on weather, climate and water has established a Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project in Kenya to handle all matters related to severe weather forecasts as early warning information for seven countries in East Africa.

The WMO official said the services also include warnings over Lake Victoria, for purposes of minimizing adverse impacts associated with severe weather events such as heavy rainfall, high waves and strong winds.

Chris Kiptoo, Kenyan Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry called for the strategic activities in line with the weather and climate forecasts, warnings, advisories and alerts.

“We cannot ignore the frequent changes in weather and climate because weather and climate affect our activities as has been evidenced in the past,” he noted. Enditem

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