Dar es Salaam, 18th to 21st July 2017, the workshop putting together services providers of climate information, decision makers, and other users operating at regional, national and local scales constituted the Task Force to provide technical input and guidance towards the realization of the Climate Change Information Network (CCIN).
The Climate Change Information Network is a platform of strategic partnerships with key regional and national institutions for the sharing of climate information, tools, knowledge and best practices that are available to end users to allow for more informed decisions.
The workshop was organized by EAC secretariat with support from Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) project of which Meteo Rwanda is one of its implementing partners.
During the workshop, participants shared experiences on best practices in sharing climate information and suggested the areas of improvements for better services delivery.
Mr. Didace Musoni, the Division Manager of Data Observation, Quality Control and Processing Rwanda Meteorology Agency said that initially, meteorologist would sit and map out users needs without their intervention. He however noted that it is no longer the case citing different measures that were put in place by Meteo Rwanda to get to end users and identify their needs before serving them.
He pointed out several engagements workshops which are conducted by Meteo Rwanda at different levels (Sector, District, Province and National) to identify what climate information are relevant to users and the best channels to use in disseminating these information.
He said that Meteo Rwanda has developed the National Communication Strategy of weather and Climate information that shows targeted users, information they need and channels that can be used to reach out to them.
“We are doing good in regards to disseminating weather and climate information through conducting engagement workshops with users, media houses, fishermen, .. with aim of improving the dissemination of weather and climate information, though there is always room for improvements,” said Musoni.
With Climate Change Information Network, EAC Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Portal was created and it is available here.
IKM is a metadata base of online information, Knowledge and best practices on Climate Change Adaptation, mitigation and the impacts of Climate Change on the economies of East African Countries.
This Portal primarily collects meta data for content published about the member states of the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda), also including the IGAD Region (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan).
The CCIN workshop was attended by UNFCC country focal points, representatives from meteorological services (Rwanda included), representatives of user groups operating in Tanzania namely Safaricom, Inter Universities Council of East Africa and East African Grain Council, East Africa Community Climate Change Unit, Regional Center for Mapping Resources for Development, IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre, FEWSNET among others.