We are pleased to inform you that IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) will be hosting a side event entitled “Mainstreaming climate change, climate variability and disaster risk reduction in sustainable development of the IGAD region in support of post-Paris climate change agreement” on Thursday 10th November 2016 from 12:00 – 13:30 at Salle 2 of the Africa Pavilion, COP22, Marrakech, Morocco.
Our moderators, speakers and panelists include:
- Dr Guleid Artan, Director of ICPAC
- Prof Laban Ogallo, Coordinator, IGAD UNDP project, ICPAC
- Mr Zachary Atheru, Program Manager, ICPAC)
- Mr. Abebe Tadege Tsehayu, Climate Change Officer, ICPAC
- Mr. Jose Manzano, Chief Technical Advisor, UNDP
- UNFCCC focal points of IGAD members states
- Directors of National Met Services of IGAD members states
- Representatives from WMO, ACMAD, EAC and AU
IGAD-ICPAC side event on “Mainstreaming climate change, climate variability and disaster risk reduction in sustainable development of the IGAD region in support of post Paris Climate Change Agreement”
UNFCCC COP22 session, Thursday, 10 November 2016, from 12.00 - 13.30 hrs, in Salle 2 of the Africa Pavilion, Marrakech, Morocco
FROM EARTH OBSERVATION DATA TO POLICY MAKING: MESA IGAD
MESA IGAD held the First Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) (MESA IGAD) regional awareness raising policy and decision makers’ workshop at the Jupiter International Hotel – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 8th June 2016. The meeting brought together policy and decision makers of various government bodies, environmental institutions and experts from all the IGAD member states.
While officially opening the meeting, Dr. Mohammed Moussa, Director of Environment at IGAD stated, “There is dire need for MESA to aid in the increase of information management, decision-making and planning capacity of the African continental, regional and national institutions with mandate on environment, climate, food security and related sectors; by enhancing access to, and exploitation of relevant Earth Observation applications in Africa.”
CAPACITY BUILDING ON MESA IGAD OPERATIONAL SERVICES
Africa as a continent is very rich in natural resources, biodiversity and untainted landscapes that require environmental protection and management. Some of the regional natural resources are shared by several communities and cut across national boundaries. These include grazing lands, rivers, lakes, wildlife among others.
“As you are aware most of the IGAD region is arid or semi-arid arid with highly variable rainfall. Droughts are very frequent in the region and are often followed or preceded by floods,” said Dr. Guleid Artan Director IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) during the opening of the thematic trainings on operational services on Monday 29th February 2016. This training is taking place concurrently with that one of Land Degradation Assessment and Forest Monitoring Service at the Regional Centre for Mapping and Resources (RCMRD), Kasarani, Nairobi.