The United Nations 15th Session of the World Meteorological Organisation Regional Association I opened Monday in Marrakech, Morocco, with the president of the organisation calling for priority to be given to science and communication technology in the study of weather, climate and water.
Officially opening the session, President of the Regional AssociationÂ I made up of African countries, Dr Mohammad Bah said special attention needs to be given to national meteorological centres to enable them to produce, prepare and disseminate quality weather information and timely warning of severe weather and climate extreme in their respective countries.
Dr Bah however implored governments of member countries and the UN World Meteorology Organisation to take the issue of technology transfer and the equipping of the regional meteorology departments with quality technology seriously.
He urged UN World Meteorology Organisation to assist some African countries who are having difficulties to acquire the necessary new technology for weather, climate and water forecasting.
Leader of the Zimbabwean delegation to the WMO 15th Session in Morocco, Dr Amos Makarau, who is also the current Vice President of Regional AssociationÂ I (Africa), said the meeting will help member countries including Zimbabwe to enhance capabilities in multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster prevention and preparedness, thus making broader use of weather, climate and water related outputs for decision making and implementation by member countries.
He said in the area of capacity building, Zimbabwe has assisted the region in the training of personnel through the Meteorological Services Department under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development in Harare, with the assistance of the University of Zimbabwe.
The World Meteorology Organisation Regional Association I (Africa) meeting is held once every four years to design strategies, programmes, activities and plans on how to improve meteorology in the region for the next four years.