Webinar Series on Climate Information in Africa: Decision Making
Climate information, including predictions, plays an essential role in the management of risks associated with climate variability and change. This webinar looks at the role and impact of climate services in the decision-making process, both at the national and local levels. We will discuss the importance of co-producing climate information to ensure its uptake and explore strategies to boost its integration in the planning and decision processes.
This is part of a series of Webinars organized by EU Horizon2020 projects, namely CONFER, DOWN2EARTH, and FOCUS-AFRICA. The series aims to improve understanding of and engagement with climate services in Africa.
Kenneth MwangiClimate Monitoring & Early Warning Expert ICPAC
Kenneth holds a Master of Science degree in Remote Sensing and Geospatial Information, and a BSc. in Soil, Water and Environment Engineering. He has over 10 years of experience in using satellite data for monitoring the environment, forests and protected areas, agriculture monitoring for early warning.
He is currently a Climate Monitoring and Early Warning Expert at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), spearheading the technical implementation of transboundary pests early warning platform.
Deborah DuveskogAgriculture and Resilience Officer, FAO FAO
Deborah holds a Master of Science in Tropical Soil and Water Conservation and a PhD in Rural development: community empowerment. She has served at FAO in Eastern Africa for over 20 years across a range of both development and emergency programmes. She has a broad set of field experience in most dryland agriculture and pastoral domains. In her current function as Agriculture Officer in the Resilience Team for Eastern Africa, based in Nairobi, Dr. Duveskog manages FAOs sub-regional resilience portfolio on climate adaptation and climate information and durable solutions in displacement contexts, along with providing key technical expertise for FAO globally on the Farmer Field School and other community centered approaches.
John NguyoIsiolo county Director, KMD Kenya Meteorological Department
John holds a BSC (Meteorology) from University of Nairobi and a MA in Climate Change and Sustainability from Kenyatta University. He has worked in several fields including, global atmospheric watch (air pollution level), county downscaling of weather forecasts and currently works in Isiolo County as a County Director for Kenya Meteorological Department. He has worked for five years providing community-based climate and weather information services. John has a broad set of field experience in disseminating Climate Information Services to dryland, agricultural, and pastoral communities.
Calistus WachanaUser Engagement Expert ICPAC
Calistus is a climate services User Engagement Expert, working with Inter-Governmental Authority on Development's (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC). Before joining ICPAC, Calistus worked with CARE International for 3 years as a Regional Climate Services Co-production Project Manager and Kenya Meteorological Department as a meteorologist, where he rose to the position of Assistant Director of Meteorological Services. Calistus is a Trainer of Trainers for Participatory Scenario Planning and has also undertaken climate services consultancy assignments with United Nations agencies.
Calistus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Science in Integrated Water Resources Management from the University of Dar es Salaam, and currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Climate Change Adaptation at the University of Nairobi. He has a keen interest in contributing to bespoke climate services knowledge through co-production approaches.