Ethiopia Invests in Climate Information
Ethiopia has launched a new joint climate information initiative to strengthen early warning systems as well as support climate resilient development planning and adaptation to climate change efforts in the country.
The initiative was launched by the National Meteorological Agency (NMA) together with the Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy.
The event took place at a two-day launching workshop in Adama which involved, apart from the high level opening, stakeholders deliberation session to discuss implementation and partnership arrangement. Particiants also took part in a field visit to one of Ethiopia metrological observation centres.
The new project strongly taps into Ethiopia’s need for generating high quality climate information. It will focus on strengthening the capacity of national and regional offices of NMA, the MoA and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy to monitor climate change, generate reliable hydro-meteorological information, and combine this information with other environmental and socio-economic information. The gathered data and knowledge will be used to develop information products to improve Ethiopia’s evidence-based decision-making for early warning, preparedness, and adaptation responses as well as regular development planning.
“This project is timely and exemplary in bringing together three different actors – the water, agriculture and food security, and meteorology sectors,” remarked also His Excellency State Minister Mitiku Kassa from the Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector at the Ministry of Agriculture.
Minister Alemayehu Tegenu from the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy pointed out that the Government of Ethiopia believes that the development path it has chosen will enable Ethiopia to fulfil its global commitment and achieve sustainable development. “Our strategy depends on the full exploitation of our renewable energy resources, rehabilitation of our environment, leapfrogging technology and intensifying the agricultural and land-use efficiency.” he explained, adding that” … adequate, reliable, up-to-date and high quality climate information is an indispensable variable in this equation of building resilience,” and expressed his firm commitment to implement the new climate information project.