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Southern Africa, increasingly affected by extreme weather and climate events, is realizing the importance of weather, water, climate, and early warning services, jointly referred to as “hydromet” services, as a key element of disaster risk management and climate adaptation. Southern Africa’s climate is projected to become more extreme with rising temperatures, prolonged heatwaves, delayed rains, and extreme weather events. Across Africa more than 70% of disasters are identified as weather-related, with extreme weather events.
Southern Africa’s economy is vulnerable to climate risks, notably sectors such as agriculture, food security, energy production and transport. SADC highlighted in the 2018 SADC DRR Conference Outcome Statement the importance of weather, water and climate services, and integrated modernized hydromet services for effective early warning and disaster risk reduction. With the global COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacting the region’s shock-coping capacity, the vulnerability to climate risks is rising.
Following the SADC DRR Conference in 2018, the continental and regional hydromet forums (2017-2021), the World Bank will host the SADC Hydromet Forum in partnership with the Southern African Development Community, European Union, World Meteorological Organization and others on June 22 - 23, 2021.
The Forum will convene national governments, development partners, and other key stakeholders, to collectively identify the need for strengthening hydromet services for sustainable development, and disaster and climate resilience. It will emphasize the critical role of hydromet and early warning services in economic sectors, such as agriculture, marine services and urban planning and highlight innovations in observation, forecasting and service delivery to communities. In plenary sessions, the status of hydromet services and way forward for strengthening them through regional collaboration will be discussed.
Due to the COVID-19 precautions, the forum will be conducted in a virtual format.