ATPS LAUNCHES ITS PROJECT ON “BRIDGING CLIMATE INFORMATION GAPS TO STRENGHEN CAPACITIES FOR CLIMATE INFORMED DECISION-MAKING”
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) in partnership with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Africa Centre, IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS), AGRHYMET Regional Center (ARC), and the Regional Centre for Mapping Resource for Development (RCMRD) today launched a regional project on “Bridging Climate Information Gaps to Strengthen Capacities for Climate Informed Decision-making at the Hilton Hotel Nairobi, Kenya.
The launch brought together representatives from government ministries and agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), policymakers, and experts from academia and research institutions across Africa to have deeper discussions on experiences on the critical role of climate information and forge prospective partnerships with relevant stakeholders for the implementation of the project.
The project aims to strengthen capacities of selected African countries to understand and deploy appropriate climate information and best practices to support decision-making, development planning, reduce vulnerability and foster a food secure Africa. Specifically, the project will identify and analyse climate information needs; build the capacities and knowledge of government agencies, research institutions, extension gents, and contact famers to utilize high quality, demand-driven climate information for adaptation planning and decision-making; and facilitate the mainstreaming of climate change issues in regional policy dialogue in order to increase awareness of climate change issues so as to strengthen understanding, use and mastery of climate information. The project will be implemented in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi and Tunisia and is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the ClimDev Special Fund – a tripartite partnership with the African Union Commission and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
Africa has made considerable efforts over the past decade in the development of regional and national programs, strategies and institutions for generating robust climate information and providing services for national and regional development planning towards climate resilient and less carbon-intensive economies. Despite these efforts, key challenges remain with regards to the low capacities of African countries to understand, analyse and deploy appropriate climate information to inform decision-making at various levels (e.g. policy and practice). The overall goal of this project is to strengthen the capacities of relevant stakeholders in five countries (Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, and Tunisia) to understand and deploy appropriate climate information and best practices to inform decision-making at policy and practice levels.
The project which will run for two years (2017-2019) will support the selected African countries with adequate climate information, provide the opportunity to adopt a development pathway that is climate-resilient, build adaptive capacities of stakeholders and strengthen institutional capabilities to integrate climate information into development planning and policies which in turn strengthens national climate systems. Such a development pathway would potentially reduce exposure to the hazards of climate change and mitigate its effects. The project is in line with the ClimDev Special Fund (CDSF) goal to improve the generation and use of climate information, and to enhance the capacities of national climate institutions and services to build a climate prepared agencies that would respond favourably to extreme weather events.
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) is a trans-disciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society that promote the generation, dissemination, use and mastery of science, technology and innovation (STI) for sustainable development in Africa. ATPS implements its activities through its National Chapter Coordinators who are present in 30 countries (27 in Africa and 3 diaspora Chapters in Australia, United States of America and United Kingdom.
Dr. Nicholas Ozor,
Executive Director, African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)
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