weather.jpgZimbabwe has been commended for developing and formulating a Meteorological Strategic Plan document for and on behalf of Africa.


The 15th session of the World Meteorological Organisation Regional Association 1 (Africa) saw the unveiling of a Strategic Planning document that was authored, formulated and developed in Victoria Falls in January 2010 chaired by Zimbabwe.


Presenting the strategic document to African member states, Meteorological Services Department Director, Dr Amos Makarau, said the strategic plan is expected to improve the quality of service delivery, advancing scientific research and technological transfer, improve sustainable use of natural resources and environment, building and enhancing of partnerships and cooperation within the African region.


He however said Africa, with Zimbabwe included, is likely to continue suffering from natural disasters of meteorological nature unless adequate preparations and strategic planning is put in place in member countries.


Giving an analysis of the Strategic Plan President of the Regional Association 1 (Africa), Dr Mohammad Bah, who commended Zimbabwe for a well authored plan that clearly lays out the vision and roadmap for countries to follow, said the plan is  driven by the needs and priorities of the region.


Top on the agenda of the strategic planning document is the need for national meteorological and hydrological services to provide scientific research that enable Africa to appropriately address the impacts of climate change.


African member states representatives at the 15th session agreed that for the strategic plan to be successfully implemented, there is need for priority to be given to the funding of programmes and activities in member countries.


They however acknowledged that weather and climate related natural disasters have become all too frequent, prolonged, and more extreme in intensity and devastating.


This has been shown by increased floods, droughts, fluctuating onset, cessation, and duration of rainy season as well as shortage of fresh water, hence the need to strengthen national meteorological services to reduce such eventualities.


Zimbabwe was given the mandate to draft the regional plan after the realisation that the country had the capacity to do it well and has managed successfully to put in place a national meteorological plan using the results based management approach.