Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), through the Climate Services Centre, is organizing the Fifteenth Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-15). This will be followed by a Disaster Risk Reduction stakeholders training workshop, 29-30 August 2011.
The main objective of SARCOF-15 is to develop a consensus climate outlook for period October 2011 to March 2012 rainfall season for the SADC Member States. The forum will also discuss the potential impacts of the consensus seasonal climate outlook on other socio-economic sectors including disaster risk management, food security, health, water resources and hydropower management, among others. The forum will also review the October 2010 to March 2011 rainy season for the SADC region.
SARCOF-15 is a collaborative effort between the SADC Climate Services Centre, SADC DRR Unit, World Bank-GFDRR, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), and other partners. The SARCOF-15 forecast dissemination workshop is preceded by a 10-day Climate Experts Capacity Building Workshop of SADC National Meteorological/Hydrological Services (NMHSs) only, for the purposes of developing the 2011/12 seasonal climate forecast.
Participants to SARCOF-15 will include climate prediction experts from the national Meteorological/Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the SADC region and climate scientists from universities, research institutions, as well as regional and international organizations engaged in climate modeling, prediction and applications for the region. Various regional and international governmental and non-governmental organizations and development partners are also expected to attend. Due to inadequacy of the necessary resources, the SADC Climate Services Centre will not be in a position to fund those wishing to attend SARCOF-15.
Those wishing to attend can express their intention to do so through completing the attached request-for-participation form and submitting it to the Meteorological Services of Namibia, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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