Strengthening Early Warning and Early Action Systems for Meteorological, Hydrological and Climate Extremes - CREWS Greater Horn of Africa

  • Climate Risk Early Warning System (CREWS)
Project Partners:
  • World Bank (WB)
  • United Nations office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

The four-year, US$ 5.2 million project will strengthen the capacities for regional and national entities to produce and use climate, weather, and hydrological services, including early warning systems in the Greater Horn of Africa region. The project is being implemented by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and the World Bank working closely together with several regional entities, and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan. The project will build capacity of the countries and regional institutions towards impact-based, people centered predictions and warnings, specific to national and local context. 

Regional activities will be centered around improving regional services to support countries to provide effective early warning systems (EWS) and strengthening regional coordination and cooperation for effective EWS and climate services. In Ethiopia, activities will support ensuring early actions and developing demand-driven climate and early warning information services. In Somalia, activities will focus on developing and delivering priority public hydromet services, and institutional development. As for Sudan, activities will focus on strengthening community involvement in EWS and strengthening flood early warning services. 

These services are needed more than ever, as the Horn of Africa is increasingly threatened by climate hazards and extreme weather. Right now, millions of people face a humanitarian crisis because of several years of below-average rainfall and failing crops, as the region is being ravaged by the worst drought in four decades. At the same time, the region has also been struck by damaging floods, that have destroyed crops, washed away infrastructure, and killed vulnerable people. 

Activities being undertaken through the project are aligned with CREWS value propositions and core programme indicators, which will demonstrate concrete impacts of the project. They are further aligned with the UN Early Warning for All Initiative, led by WMO and UNDRR. 

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