About 150 stakeholders attended a successful workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, to elaborate a Road Map for the implementation of a Framework for Climate Services in the country and future needs and opportunities for user-driven services such as seasonal climate outlooks; drought and flood monitoring and warning services; and heat-health alerts.
The workshop was organized by South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and the South African Weather Service in conjunction with the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Office and the World Meteorological Organization. It brought together representatives from the environment, water resources, agriculture and forestry, marine, health, energy and disaster management sectors which are climate sensitive and need scientifically-based information and data to adapt to climate variability and change. Universities and research institutions also attended the 19-22 August event. (link to programme)
The outcomes of the workshop are expected to support the integrated delivery and uptake of climate services within the ambit of the National Climate Change Response Policy, which sets out South Africa’s vision for an effective climate change response and long-term transition to a climate-resilient and lower-carbon economy.
The GFCS speaks to the core of service delivery of weather services around the globe, said Hon. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister, Water and Environment Affairs of South Africa. She said it would provide a useful basis for coordination of climate services to support South Africa’s disaster risk reduction and emergency response work.