The Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS) has received a pledge of USD 1 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen climate services in the Sahel region. The “Climate Services for Increased Resilience in the Sahel” project will develop the capabilities of the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) as a Regional Climate Center to better support Meteorological Services in the Sahel. It will also develop capacities in Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal to maximize the use of, and benefits from, weather and climate products delivered by ACMAD and other centres.
To support implementation of the project, WMO has recently established a presence in the region through the deployment of experts in Senegal, Niger and Burkina Faso in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). In addition, experts will be deployed to ACMAD in the coming months.
In the framework of the “Climate Services for Increased Resilience in the Sahel” project, the GFCS Office and WMO are organizing the first meeting of the project team, which will be held in Dakar, Senegal on 16 and 17 August, 2016 at the Food and Agriculture Office of the UN.
The main objectives of the first meeting of the project team are the development of a consolidated implementation plan and budget. Participants from the project countries, as well as ACMAD and international experts will attend the meeting.