Strengthening climate services value chains
The Eastern Africa region has a highly variable climate and is prone to climate extremes such as droughts and floods that exacerbate food and water insecurity. Reliable and timely regional climate information, including current and future assessments of climate variability and change, is essential in designing effective strategies for managing risks and adapting to climate variability and change.
The Intra-ACP Climate Services and Related Applications programme aims at fostering sustainable development in the region by addressing the existing gaps and mainstreaming climate services into policy processes at regional, national, and sub-national levels.
Our Areas of Work
Co-production and User Engagement
The project will establish the first Regional and National Framework for Climate Services and User Interface Platforms (UIPs) for two priority sectors (Agriculture/Food Security and Water). The User Interface Platforms will enhance linkages between ICPAC and beneficiary communities, strengthen the GHA Climate Outlook Forum, and enhance effective co-production processes and research to develop decision-ready products and services.
Enhancing Access to Climate Information
This Action will help ICPAC and NMHSs have improved operational access to climate information made available at global level by international partners (Copernicus, ECMWF, EUMETSAT and others), including the promotion of agreements between ICPAC and global information providers to sustain access to global data. ICPAC will also have operational access to existing climate information produced at national level through NMHSs
Provision of Climate Services at Regional and National Levels
Through this action, ICPAC will strengthen its computing infrastructure and human resources to produce, deliver and improve Climate Service, through Climate Service Information System (CSIS) at regional level. ICPAC will also develop and disseminate user-relevant climate products at different timescales (weekly, monthly, and seasonal) and strengthen the service development cycle through co-production.
ICPAC through this action will develop a comprehensive capacity building plan for key priority sectors to augment the capacity of stakeholders in the climate services value chain in line with the Competency Framework for Climate Services. Capacity building will be done through PreCOF training workshops (for climate scientists, agro-meteorologists and hydrologists); scholarship programmes in collaboration with University of Nairobi and Institute for Meteorological Training and Research, and on-the-job training on climate services for selected students from GHA region.
Mainstreaming Climate Services into National and Regional Policies and Programmes
Through this Action, ICPAC will conduct workshops, technical support, and coordination with policy makers in climate sensitive sectors at national and regional levels to integrate the use of climate services in policymaking and mainstream climate change into development plans.
- Interaction between the users, researchers and climate services providers in the IGAD region is structured
- Provision of climate services at Regional and National level is effectively guaranteed and secured
- Access to Climate Information is improved by strengthening monitoring observation and monitoring system as well as research modeling and prediction
- Capacity of the region is enhanced to generate and apply climate information and products relevant to their particular concerns
- Climate-informed decision-making is enhanced and climate services are mainstreamed into policy processes at regional and national levels