The ability to predict, warn and prepare for climate related events such as flood, drought and extreme weather is essential to protect and increase the resilience of communities. Most people are not able to interpret long-term forecasts or climate models. One of the main challenges today is to ensure that reliable climate information is processed and communicated in a way that enables individuals and communities to understand and act before disaster strikes.
NORCAP helps international and national actors mitigate the effects of the climate crisis by recruiting and deploying experienced and passionate experts that provides the necessary technical expertise.
We work with partners at the local, regional and national level to make climate services more accessible. Our experts help them improve long-term forecasting, flood and drought forecasting, national climate planning, climate finance, outreach, co-production and trainings.
Funding from the government of Norway (Norad) allows us to work and provide expertise to improve Africa’s ability to predict, warn and prepare for climate related events such as flood, drought and extreme weather. Our experts have significant experience with climate change adaptation, meteorology and hydrology, as well as reducing and managing disaster risk.
In Niger, we worked with local communities to understand which climate services was needed to produce good crops and prevent food shortage from flood and drought. We promoted solutions to bring climate information to those who needed it. Our experts contributed to training local radio stations on how to communicate lifesaving weather information, and provided early warning groups in local villages with telephones so that they could receive important weather and climate forecasts and share it with local farmers. Our experts also trained local community representatives in using rainwater-measuring devices. This enabled them to track rainfall and report to the National Meteorological Office, informing in advance if a drought or flood was coming.
In Malawi, our experts contributed to disaster risk planning and worked with national meteorological and hydrological services to prepare and plan for disasters like the cyclones that struck Malawi in 2019.
In Senegal, we supported the development of a global and national framework for climate services. Our experts contributed to the design, implementation and evaluation of climate services in the country, which resulted in better coordination between local, regional and national actors. They also contributed to develop system-wide preparedness through trainings in the field.
At the regional level, NORCAP works with Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in East Africa and their climate centre (ICPAC), to ensure better models, forecast and prediction of extreme weather events. We helped improve their ability to deliver long-term forecasts, which means that governments and communities improve food security and income generation within the local communities.
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