ARUSHA, TANZANIA, The heads of meteorological services of East African countries have agreed to establish a task force to assess the optimum number of weather stations and locations of radar stations in the sub-region.
The decision was reached at a meeting Monday in this northern Tanzanian city which hosts the headquarters of the East African Community (EAC). The logic behind the move is to avoid duplication of efforts and save in procurement of meteorological instruments and equipment.
The meeting, which was attended by the heads of meteorological services in the EAC countries, as well as representative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Weather Information Service Africa (WISER), IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), pushed for the development of the meteorological sector in planning and infrastructure.
EAC Deputy Secretary-General Steven Mlote said provision of accurate and timely weather and climate information was critical for agriculture, livestock development and food security; road, air and maritime transport; building and construction industry; health and public safety; disaster management and water resources management, among other activities.
Mlote noted that the ratification of the EAC Protocol on Co-operation in Meteorological Services was one of the key priorities. The protocol, once fully implemented, will rekindle the glory of the East African Meteorological Services.
He asked partner nations to fast-track the protocol’s ratification process and requested the heads of the meteorological services to explore new avenues in unexplored territories to make the sector more visible.
One of the new opportunities worth looking at include weather services for road transport to reduce road fatalities associated with bad weather. Mlote noted that weather services to the health sector are also important, saying it was pertinent to establish the EAC weather forecasting platform.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK