Workshop on reviewing and exploring products supporting improvements on the annual state of climate report for Africa

11th – 13th July 2023




SoC Workshop :

     –  Report

    –   Recommendations

About Workshop

Climate change is already happening around the world and in Africa. In the coming years and decades, the effects of climate change are expected to be felt more severely in Africa given the high exposure, fragility, and low adaptive capacity of people, buildings, roads, dams and water reservoirs, other infrastructure, industries, and ecosystems with the emerging and unplanned megacities usually in coastal areas or floodplains across the continent.

Better monitoring and understanding of climate threats and related losses and damage costs are needed to gauge priority areas for climate action and delineate options that are more useful to take forward in resilient development initiatives. Therefore, providing climate services and advice to negotiators on climate action and development planners is required.
More importantly, African negotiators at UNFCCC Conferences of Parties and other climate events request information on the African climate variability, trends, and impacts with optimal climate actions to support the continent’s negotiation positions on mitigation, adaptation, and most recently losses and damages.

The State of Climate (SoC) report for Africa is a flagship climate product generated under the leadership of the African Union Commission, the World Meteorological Organization and technical support of the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development and other Regional Climate Centres in Africa supporting African negotiators and planners on climate-related matters. Over the past few years, SoC reports have been published and feedback collected to support improvements.

A Workshop to explore additional products to support better SoC reports is organized by ACMAD under the leadership of the World Meteorological Organization and the African Union Commission with support of EU funded ClimSA programme.

Objectives :

Given the strategic value of this report, partners are supporting the organisation of a workshop to review current products and explore improvements on the future content of the SoC reports.

The objectives are as follows:

  • Share and review products available in Africa’s State of Climate report and identify addi-tional ECVs and actionable indicators for future SoC.
  • Introduce projected trends and extremes information for long-term resilient development planning.
  • Assess the attribution of high-impact events in Africa to climate change.
  • Extend partnerships and networks for the preparation of future SoC reports.

Expected Outcomes:

–  SoC products reviewed, and additional products identified;
–  Attribution case studies ToRs to be undertaken for future SoC reports available;
–  Partnerships and networks with NMHSs and regional centres established.

Session 0: opening ceremony
Time Activity Speaker/Moderator
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome Remarks Purpose of the workshop AUC EU Delegation Ghana Met/DGWMOACMAD/DG
09:30 – 10:00 Overview of CLIMSA AUC
Session I: Review of current SoC products
10:00 -11:00 Overview of the State of Climate in Africa WMO
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 Temperature & Precipitation and related indices WMO
12:00-13:00 Sea Surface Temperature, indices and related drivers of climate variability_/ Sea level rise and indices
13:00-14:30 Lunch break
14:30 -15:30 Climate Extremes and Impacts WMO
15:30 -16:00 Climate data sources (Global, Regional and National) WMO
16:00-16:15 Break
16:15 -17:00 Summary of Day 1 and Introduction to Day 2 on Update and possible improvements on tools and products ACMAD
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Session II: Products improvements
Time Activity Speaker/Moderator
09:00-09:45 Essential Climate Variables and observed trends ACMAD-Dr Pierre
10:45– 11:45 Discussions
10:30-10 :45 Break
10:45– 11:45 Climate change projections trends and extremes AIMS – Dr Bamba
Climate change attribution case studies and products
11:45-13 :00 Discussions
13:00-14 :00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 Dynamics of drivers of observed climate variability under a changing climate (i.e., ENSO and African Rainfall relationships) ACMAD-Dr Romeo
16:00 – 16:15 Break
16:15-17:00 Key Messages of the SoC WMO
Session III: Loss and damage & Early Warning for All towards COP28
Time Activity Speaker/Moderator
09:00 – 09:45 Loss & Damage /EW4All initiative Dr Yosef Amha/Zablon
    • Agriculture
    • productivity
    • Level of water scarcity
    • Flooded land areas
ILRI- Dr Solomon
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
Session IV: Partnerships and Networks
10:45-11:15 Partners for the future generation of data and products WMO/ACMAD
11:15-11:45 Key Messages from Workshop WMO
11:45:13:00 General Discussions / Closing the Workshop AUC EU Delegation ACPCWMOACMAD


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