UGANDA NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL AUTHORITY AGREE ON PARTNERSHIP FOR WEATHER AND CLIMATE COMMUNICATION
The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has prepared a memorandum of agreement on long term weather and climate communication with its key roundtable partners.
This follows a three day workshop on weather and climate communication that was held in Kampala Uganda. According to Mr.Collison Lore, the User Engagement Expert at IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in Nairobi Kenya, the agreement will enable the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), to provide weather and climate information and services to help decision-makers to plan and take action to ensure food security, poverty reduction and a sustainable development.
“UNMA furthermore works on the development of early warning systems for disaster prevention, environmental conservation, and adaptation to climate change and to stop the degradation of forests and land,” he explained .
Ms Lillian Nkwenge , the spokesperson at UNMA said that the Round Table Partners (RTP),will work with UNMA to build a robust climate communication collaboration to provide critical support on communication of weather and climate information. “The membership of the RTP comprises both individuals and corporate institutions. The structure of the RTP remains one of a working group to be in a position to channel appropriate funding and expertise through UNMA,” she stated.
Nkwenge said, RTP will work towards seeking sponsorship of weather and climate information through various channels to provide win-win opportunities for UNMA and partners.
The overall objective of the partnership is to promote cooperation between UNMA and the RTP, with a particular focus on the promotion of co-design and co-production of climate communication outputs, sharing knowledge, and expertise regarding weather and climate services.
The workshop was attended by stakeholders from the media, legal, weather and climate professionals and representatives from government agencies.
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