Zim meteorology initiatives hailed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:07

Zimbabwe has been commended for supporting initiatives that aim to introduce innovative climate change adaptation strategies to offset the negative effects of climate change.

World Meteorological Organisation Secretary General, Mr Michel Jarraud and his deputy, Elena Manaenkova, who are in the country to attend the second African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joice Mujuru at her munhumutapa offices this Thursday morning.

The Acting Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Meteorological Services Department Director, Dr Amos Makarau and other officials from the World Meteorological Department accompanied the Mr Jarraud.  

Mr Jarraud said his organisation is grateful for the role being played by the Zimbabwean government in supporting activities being undertaken by the  Global Framework for Climate Services to develop and incorporate science-based climate information.

“The pilot project being undertaken in Africa is yielding positive results because of cooperation from countries such as Zimbabwe. The information being collected is expected to support and help prepare climate affected sectors to better understand and cope with climate risks,” said Mr Jarraud.

Vice President Mujuru told the visiting delegation that Zimbabwe has experienced sudden changes in weather conditions, adding that the government is intensifying efforts to integrate weather and climate services in national frameworks to improve the livelihoods of communities.

Unpredictable weather conditions are expected to become more frequent and with far greater devastating results across the continent.

Zimbabwe is chairing the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology which started on the 26th of May and ends on Friday.

Ministers from across the continent are deliberating on matters related to the development of meteorology and its applications and contributions to the socio- economic development in africa.

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