Speakers: Dimitar Ivanov (World Meteorological Organisation), Robert O’Sullivan (Winrock International), Ari Davidov (Earth Networks), David McAfee (Viamo), Jean-Pierre Roux (SouthSouthNorth)
Time: 09:00 (EST); 14:00 (GMT)
Millions of dollars in investments have been made in weather and climate infrastructure in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) over the past few decades, yet sustainable climate information services (CIS) remain elusive. This webinar will examine what is happening in the region today, and how CIS developments can be leveraged to create investment cycles that meet the needs of end users.
This webinar will draw on the findings from a soon to be published white paper ‘A CIS market assessment and business model review’. The demand for CIS will be illustrated through case studies of current markets in SSA. Two private sector actors will showcase examples of their work and how they engage with National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and other government agencies. Additionally, the demand and supply of services to integrate climate information into infrastructure planning and design decisions will be discussed, based on a recent survey.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports Africa as one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change due to its high exposure to climate stress and low adaptive capacity. In light of this, engaging the public as well as the private sector through the development of functional business models could be transformative to deliver CIS sustainably.
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