SADC Climate Experts Discuss New Weather Forecast Technology

The principal director in the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development, Valentine Sinemani, said this at a Southern African regional climate outlook forum (SARCOF-16) that opened here Thursday.

SARCOF-16 is a collaborative effort between the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services
Department (MSD), SADC Climate Services Centre, SADC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Unit, African Development Bank (AfDB,) World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/ Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), and other partners to come up with 2012/13 seasonal climate forecast.

Sinemani also challenged the climate experts to highlight how the drought faced by the USA will impact the world in-line with the SADC climate outlook forecast for 2012/2013 cropping season.

“The forecast that you are about to release has a great impact in our government as it help us to plan accurately and look into the future; therefore you must make sure that it is also disseminated in indigenous languages in order to save the lives of people,” said Sinemani.

He added that the major challenge faced by the SADC region was coming up with immediate agreements, saying this had to change considering the new technology that had taken the world by storm.

“Proper interpretation of seasonal climate forecasts and their application across various socio-economic decision-making processes still remains a challenge in the region,” the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services director, who is also the Zimbabwe permanent representative at World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Dr Amos Makarau told Radio VOP.

“It is, therefore, necessary that there is widespread stakeholder participation in the SARCOF process,” he said.

“This is a major priority of the process as it provides mutually beneficial interface between the practitioners in the   areas of production of climate information and prediction and provision of services and partners that need to apply the products across a wide spectrum of socio-economic sectors,” said Dr Makarau.

The forum will also review the October 2011 to March 2012 rainy season for the SADC region.