Tanzania to pioneer climate change adaptation scheme

Source(s): Guardian Ltd, the - IPP Media
Hwange Rainy Season photo by Flickr user Jason Wharam, http://www.flickr.com/photos/60106953@N07/8052891997, CC BY-ND 2.0
Hwange Rainy Season photo by Flickr user Jason Wharam, http://www.flickr.com/photos/60106953@N07/8052891997, CC BY-ND 2.0

Tanzania has been selected to pioneer a Climate Services Adaptation Programme with US$10 million set aside for the purpose, WMO Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud told President Jakaya Kikwete at a meeting in Warsaw, Poland where the COP 19 is being held, reports the Guardian Ltd (IPP Media).

According to the report, the programme will allow farmers to fine-tune their planting and marketing strategies based on seasonal climate forecasts, empower disaster risk managers to prepare more effectively for droughts and heavy precipitation, assist public health services to target vaccine and other prevention campaigns to limit climate-related disease outbreaks such as malaria and meningitis, and help improve the management of water resources.

“This is a pilot project. We have chosen Tanzania because she is exemplary as far as metrological services and climate change issues are concerned,” the General Secretary told Kikwete.

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