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[CAPE TOWN] A new US$10 million fund has been launched to increase climate change resilience in Africa.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), UN agencies and humanitarian organisations launched the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa at the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland last month (21 November).

The programme, which is funded by the Norwegian government, is to be implemented under the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) from 2014 to 2016.

“We hope to improve early warning services for the benefit of authorities responsible for disaster management in the country.”

Agnes Kijazi, Tanzania Meteorological Agency

GFCS, an intergovernmental partnership, helps governments, agencies and researchers to share data and services to strengthen climate adaptation.

Wayne Elliot, WMO senior programme manager, says stakeholders will jointly develop the programme’s services, starting with an audit of current activities that need strengthening.

“When we refer to climate services, we generally do not mean weather services, although there are often strong links,” says Elliot.

Tanzania and Malawi have been selected as initial countries of focus.

Agnes Kijazi, director-general of Tanzania Meteorological Agency, says the fund which will be launched in Tanzania next year, will enhance the country’s capacity to produce tailor-made products for agriculture and health.

“We hope to improve early warning services for the benefit of authorities responsible for

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