ACCOF-17

DATE

30 – 31 May, 2024

Venue

Addis Abeba

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ACMAD, the WMO designated Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for all Africa, in close collaboration with other developing or designated RCCs in Africa and partners is organizing the Seventeenth Continental Climate Outlook Forum for Africa (ACCOF-17).

The meeting will be held from May 30 to 31, 2024 in Addis Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, back-to-back with the ACMAD/ClimSA Steering committee meeting on May 28, 2024 and the 23rd Ordinary Session of the ACMAD Board of Governors from May 29 to 30, 2024 to accelerate high level awareness raising on the value of continental integration to accelerate early warning for all and adaptation to climate change across African Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

The ACCOF-17 will provide a platform for discussions and technical exchanges on the latest advances in climate science and technology with emphasis on emerging applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), new products development in WMO’s World Meteorlogical Centres (WMCs) and interregional interactions in Africa and between Africa and other WMO Regional Associations

FORUM OBJECTIVES :

The specific objectives of the meeting are to:

  • Review and verify forecasts for the January to April 2024 season by RCCs;
  • Discuss the current evolution of the main climate drivers including the El Niño Southern Oscillation, dipoles of the tropical and subtropical Atlantic and Indian oceans, Mediterranean Sea Surface Temperatures and their impacts at the regional and continental level with focus on the June to September 2024 period across the continent;
  • Develop continental objective climate outlook for the June to September 2024 season;
  • Update Climate Outlooks for Regional Economic Communities (ECOWAS, ECCAS, IGAD, UMA, SADC, IOC);
  • Ensure consistency and promote impact based seasonal climate outlook statements at sub-regional and continental levels.
  • Raise awareness on the quality and value of integrated and harmonized Climate Outlooks at continental level.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES :

  • Continental and Regional January to April 2024 seasonal forecasts reviewed and verified;
  • Continental Climate Outlook Statement for the upcoming season prepared and published;
  • Regional Climate Outlook statements updated;
  • Hazards, potential impacts and proposed anticipatory actions discussed;
  • High level awareness raised on the quality and value of continental integration of climate information through a joint session.

Agenda

Program:

Day 1

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TIME(GMT) ACTIVITY FACILITATOR
08:30 - 09:00 Registration of participants and virtual meeting connection logistics ACMAD – Communication officer
SESSION I:OPENING CEREMONY
09:00 - 09:15
  • Remarks by ACMAD, AUC, Ethiopia Met, WMO
Ethiopia Met/ACMAD
09:15 - 09:30 GROUP PHOTO

Presentation and adoption of Agenda of ACCOF17
ACMAD Communication Officer

ACMAD
SESSION 1: TOOLS, METHODOLOGY AND PRODUCTS
09:30 - 11:30 Tools performance/ methodologies used including seasonal forecasting and tailored products generation PRESENTER:
RCCs (ACMAD,ICPAC,  AGRHYMET, Northen Africa RCC Network (Morocco),
CAPC-CA , IOC
15mn each

MODERATOR:
ACMAD _Dr Pierre Kamsu
11:30-11:45 Health break
11:45-13:00 Discussion on the method used by each RCCs, and way forward for harmonization MODERATOR: ACMAD_Dr Pierre Kamsu
13:00-14:30 Lunch break
SESSION 1: ANALYSIS OF THE CURRENT CONDITIONS AND CLIMATE OUTLOOK FROM JUNE TO SEPTEMBER 2024
14:30-14:50 Assessment of seasonal forecast temperature and impacts during the summer season Moderator:
SADC.CSC
PRESENTER:
RCCs North Africa_Morocco
Ms
Wafae Badi
14:50-15:10 Assessment of seasonal forecast and impacts of tropical cyclone season Moderator:
SADC.CSC
PRESENTER:
RCCs Indian Ocean (Mauritius)
Mr
Laurent LABBE
15:10-15:20 Seasonal Outlook for Eastern Africa (June to September 2024) Moderator:
SADC.CSC
PRESENTER:
ICPAC Dr Hussein Seid
15:20-15:40 Continental Seasonal Outlook (June to September 2024) Moderator:
SADC.CSC: Ms Surekha

PRESENTER:
RCCs ACMAD
15:40-16:00 Lunch break
16:00-17:00 Discussion and Consensus Outlook for JJA-JAS 2024 Moderator:
ACMAD_Mr
Hubert Kabengela

Day 2

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SESSION 3: CONTINENTAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FOR JJAS 2024
09:00-09:30 Continental Outlook statement PRESENTER:
ICPAC:Dr Hussein Seid

MODERATOR:
Dr Lucy Mphatso MTILATILA
09:30-10:00 Discussion on continental outlook statement MODERATOR:
Dr Lucy Mphatso MTILATILA
10:00-10:30 Health break
SESSION 4: USERS INTERFACE
Discussion on communication channels, user engagement and feedback mechanisms during the implementation of the forecast and facing the climate events (Drought and floods event).
10:30-11 :00 Interactive presentations on extreme events case studies :
  1. Drought / Cyclones presentation Southern Africa- SADC-10min, SADC-CSC/SHOC
  2. Drought/Heatwave -Northen -Morrocco-05min
  3. Heavy rainfall-Flood in Eastern Africa -ICPAC-10min
MODERATOR:
ClimSA/AUC Dr Ulrich Diasso
11:00-11:20 Presentation on best practices for communication channels, user engagement and feedback mechanisms for climate services-ACMAD Wendlasida Combere_10min Presentation on the Anticipatory Action Mechanism of IFRC- Phoebe SHIKUKU _10mn MODERATOR:
ACMAD Dr Romeo Nkurunziza
11:20-12:00 Group discussion :
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current. communication methods?
  • Are there specific challenges faced by users in accessing or understanding information?
MODERATOR:
ACMAD Dr Romeo Nkurunziza
12:00 - 12:20 Effective communication channels :
  • Brainstorming session to explore innovative approaches for user engagement
  • Recommendations.
MODERATOR:
ACMAD : Mr Godefroid Nshimirimana
12:20-12:40 Enhancing User Engagement
  • Brainstorming session to explore innovative approaches for user engagement
  • Recommendations.
MODERATOR:
ACMAD : Mr Godefroid Nshimirimana
12:40-13:00 Effective Feedback Mechanisms
  • Brainstorming session to develop user-friendly feedback mechanisms
  • Recommendations.
MODERATOR:
IGAD- Dr. Ahmed Amdihun MAHMOUD
13:00-13:30 Wrap-up and Recommendations
  • Summarize key discussion points and emerging recommendations for Climate Services providers and Users.
  • Presentation of key recommendations
MODERATOR:
ACMAD Dr Romeo Nkurunziza
13:30-13:45 Closing Remarks: DGM-MOROCCO, SACD-CSC, AGRHYMET, CAPC, partners and ACMAD, ACMAD – Communication officer
13 :45 --- Lunch

Contact

For more inquiries, please contact this following link: contact@acmad.org