CLIMATE CHANGE & INFORMATION SERVICES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (CC-IS4SD)
“There’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent threat of a changing climate.”
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.
The Africa Science Diplomacy and Policy Network (ASDPN) will at all times and across all social levels work vigorously to ensure that gender issues are taken in to consideration when conceiving, examining, developing and implementing climate information services and indicators for the continent.
- Climate services for agriculture and food security will become increasingly available and easy for community members to access and implement.
- National and regional meteorological services will profit from this programme and easily communicate and provide standard action oriented climate information services to communities and other development stakeholders.
- There will be better scientific understanding of the impacts of changing weather and climate patterns on various areas of social life by development stakeholders. Thanks to engaging and practical education and capacity building workshops/seminars.
- There will be regular development and communication of climate policies based on scientific evidence that will at all times ensure that development actions in the continent can withstand and surpass climatic shocks.
- There will be easy access to the right information on climate change related issues, easy access to the latest technology, and increased capacity, permitting Africa to scale up efforts to achieve the SDG’s, and Agenda 2063 and facilitate regional cooperation in the fight against climate change.