Climate Change & Information Services For Sustainable Development (CC-IS4SD)
Barrack Obama, former President of the United States of America
Though the African Citizenry has contributed the least to human–induced climate change, the African people continue to be the most vulnerable to the devastating repercussions that stem from it. Today the continent is facing some of the biggest environmental challenges never before experienced. Several plant and animal species continue to go extinct in the continent even in places where the effects of climate change are seemingly modest. Agriculture in the continent has been dealt a heavy blow owing to unpredictable weather and climate patterns. Africa’s water systems have also been seriously hit by the effects of climate change, rivers, streams and lakes which normally supply drinking water for people and animals and which constitute a vital resource for farming and industry in the continent are drying up. Coupled with the incidence of rising sea levels and repeated floods in towns and cities. All these continue to weigh very heavily on local livelihoods and on the national budgets of African governments thus contributing to a poverty trap in the continent. The Climate Change & Information Services for Sustainable Development programme will among other things explore scientific strategies to modernize national meteorological services in African countries and strengthen service delivery on weather and climate, the programme will also strengthen African regional strategies and policies, support the improved generation and use of climate services and work relentlessly to build strong and sustainable collaborations between regional and national meteorological service providers.