trengthening Climate Information Partnerships - East Africa is a UKaid-funded project of the WISER programme (Weather and climate Information and SERvices for Africa). The purpose of the SCIPEA project is to strengthen climate partnerships on three levels. Enhancing links and data exchanges between global, regional and national climate organisations is a core part of the project, with the aim of strengthening resources and tools for seasonal forecasts. In addition, the project will facilitate the co-development of tailored services with climate information providers and users. The long-term capacity development aims of the project will involve working with national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs), universities and training centres in the region to strengthen training resources and the capacity for climate service development.

There are a number of partners involved in this project including the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) Climate Prediction Applications Centre (ICPAC), the meteorological services of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, educational institutions and end users of seasonal forecasting information in the region and from the four countries. These will include the Red Cross, ministries of agriculture and water resource and disaster risk reduction organisations as well as the energy, food security and nutrition, and media sectors.

Key project milestones

May 2016 - Model Interpretation Hub (MIH) training in Naivasha, Kenya

June 2016 - SCIPEA kick-off meeting in Naivasha, Kenya

August 2016 - Extended training at Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) 44.

November 2016 - Science visit to USA. Read the report on this visit here.

December 2016 - Service development workshops with the Kenya Red Cross Society and KenGen.

January 2017 - Extended training at Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) 45.

February 2017 - Science visit to UK