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Integrating forecast based action in an existing early warning system: Learning the context

Source(s):  International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs (Kenya Red Cross) (ICHA)
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS)

This report makes a case for the Forecast-based Action (FbA) approach which aims to maximize the window of opportunity presented by climate and weather forecasts for taking mitigative actions prior to a hazard event occurring. The report explores a case study in Kenya in the context of drought risk management.

The report highlights that when integrating FbA in an existing early warning system it is vital to get a better understanding of the existing system; the processes involved, stakeholders and the information used. Engaging stakeholders in a participatory process will help to (p. 12):

  • Get stakeholders buy-in for the new approach. This will ensure better and sustainable engagements through the FbA process.
  • Create a conducive platform to learn how the early warning system works, what information is used, the sources of the information and the strengths and weakness of the system.
  • Identify the feasible entry points for FbA in the system.
  • Understand the political environment of the system and also identify possible champions for FbA in the existing system.



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  • Integrating forecast based action in an existing early warning system: Learning the context
  • Publication date 2020
  • Number of pages 12 p.

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