Meteo Rwanda and World Bank discuss approaches to strengthen hydro-meteorological services through public-private engagement

The Director General of Meteo Rwanda Mr. Aimable Gahigi hosted at Meteo Rwanda Headquarters the delegation from the World Bank that is in Rwanda from November 25th to December 10th 2019 to advance multiple operations and technical assistance covering Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change.

The Director General informed the delegates that Meteo Rwanda has expanded its observation networks up to 320 weather stations and one Doppler Weather Radar.  He noted that there is a need to increase the weather stations because of macro-climatic zones which are not fully covered by existing stations. He went further to say that the institution embarked on co-production process under which the institution meets its stakeholders regularly to discuss on services offered by the institution and areas of improvements.

The Director General noted that the weather and climate services are underfinanced considering the growing demand in weather and climate services and the capacity needed to satisfy users’ needs.

The World Bank and Meteo Rwanda jointly organized the Technical Consultative Workshop on 5th December 2019 to engage key sectors in Rwanda on their needs for and contribution to strengthening weather and climate services. The workshop put together participants from Government institutions such as Ministry of Agriculture, Rwanda Transport Development Agency; Civil Society Organizations; Private Sector; Education among others.

Makoto Suwa, the Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist at World Bank said that there is growing demand in weather and climate services thus a need to strengthen the capacity of meteorological services so that they can be able to generate and deliver tailored weather and climate information for each and every sector.

Michael Hammond, Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Consultant at World Bank said that the bank is interested in finding sources of financing to support climate and hydro-meteorological services (which include the Early Warning Services). He added that the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is interested in exploring how public-private partnerships could be developed to strengthen hydro-meteorological services by conducting case studies across Africa.

The Director General of Meteo Rwanda commended the initiative of World Bank to find ways to support the meteorological services.


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