On 18th September 2018, Tanzania launched the Global Framework for Climate Services Adaption Programme in Africa (GFCS APA)- Phase II in Dar es Salaam. The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other partners successfully implemented GFCS Phase I, from 2014 to March 2017. GFCS APA programme is being funded by the Government of Norway.
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On 17th September 2018, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in collaboration with Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) organized a technical workshop on the Global Framework for Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa (GFCS APA) phase II, which took place at Golden Jubilee Tower, in Dar es Salaam. The objectives of the workshop were; to review lessons learnt, experiences and best practice of GFCS project phase I; to review partner work plans and identification of areas in project delivery; to review and finalize the monitoring and evaluation plan and establish a project work plan (with detailed initial project activities).
A new research project spearheaded by MetService’s oceanography division, MetOcean Solutions will shed new light on the performance of New Zealand’s oceans to support the seafood sector. The Moana Project was today awarded $11.5 million over five years from the Government’s Endeavour Fund. MetService Chief Executive Officer Peter Lennox says the grant is an endorsement of the capability and expertise that exists within MetService, and the contribution the State-owned enterprise is continuing to make in advancing the knowledge of New Zealand industry and communities.
On the occasion of the 15th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, the second China-ASEAN Meteorological Forum, which themed as “Monitor Regional Meteorological Disasters and Share Their Information”, was opened in Nanning of Guangxi on September 12. This forum aims to promote technical interaction in meteorological operations and enhance cooperation for regional meteorological disaster preparedness and disaster risk management. The representatives from China Meteorological Administration (CMA), National Hydrological and Meteorological Services (NHMSs) of Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and other international organizations such as ESCAP and Typhoon Committee attended this forum.
August 2018 was another month in the sequence of extremely warm, excessively dry and unusually sunny months that began in April 2018. This made the period April to August 2018 the warmest, sunniest and also one of the driest since regular measurements first started. In many places, there were new station records. The effects for nature and agriculture were catastrophic in many regions. This is what the initial analysis by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) of data from its around 2,000 weather stations shows.