The Africa Hydromet Program exists to offer weather, water and climate services for African countries. The program is committed to modernizing hydromet, early warning, and emergency response services for climate and disaster at local, national, sub-regional and regional levels, all inter-connected to global weather and water systems and services.
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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, investments combining funds from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and GFDRR will support country efforts to strengthen hydromet and climate services and improve institutional and regulatory frameworks, benefitting about 3 million people.
The goal of the Hydromet Program in the DRC is to improve the quality of targeted hydro-meteorological and climate services, focusing on various components including: strengthening institutional setup and building capacity, modernizing equipment, facilities, and infrastructure for basic observation and forecasting, improving hydromet information service delivery, and providing technical assistance for the delivery of accurate, timely, and user-friendly products and services to communities and decision-makers.
In the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, a $10 million hydromet component of a World Bank-funded Productive Safety Net Project IV aims to pilot impact-based early warning systems in the Awash River Basin. This component supports building resilience against climate and disaster risks. Additionally, a GCF funding proposal to modernize integrated hydromet services and early warning systems is under preparation.
Ethiopia also co-hosted the AMCOMET-Africa Hydromet Forum in September 2017, during which over 500 high-level stakeholders from Africa and around the world convened to tackle hydrological and meteorological challenges and opportunities throughout the continent.
The Africa Hydromet Program works together with the Government of Lesotho to strengthen its ability to pre-empt risks associated with climate change and water resources. The program also focuses on building resilience in disaster risk management through offering improved early warning and information management systems so farmers, businesses, and families at risk, can make informed decisions.
The Climate and Water Risk Analysis and Early Warning Systems Information Management Systems project will offer a scenario analysis to strengthen water resource management and economic planning. This project also offers early warning and information management systems to build resilience toward disaster management and increase the country’s resilience against the physical and economic risks of climate change on vital water resources.
Strengthening the adaptive capacity and climate resilience of vulnerable communities and the economy in Mali, the Africa Hydromet Program works to improve the country’s hydro-meteorological, early warning, and response systems services. The project will benefit highly vulnerable groups, including 80 percent of the country’s population whose livelihoods are dependent on predominantly rain-fed agriculture.
The program focuses on capacity building and institutional development, improving hydromet and early warning infrastructure, enhancing service delivery and warnings to communities, and overall project management.
Serving Mozambique by working to deliver reliable and timely climate information to local communities, the Africa Hydromet Program supports two projects in the country to promote economic development. One program supports the preparation and implementation of the Enhancing Spatial Data for Flood Risk Management Project, along with GFDRR and partners. This project closed in 2017.
Another ongoing operation, the Climate Resilience: Transforming Hydro-Meteorological Services project, also supported by GFDRR, delivers hydrological and meteorological information services to communities and businesses at risk. The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), financed this project.
Protecting lives, communities and property in Niger, the Africa Hydromet program works to improve the country's resilience against natural hazards through engaging in disaster risk management interventions throughout the country. The Disaster Risk Management and Urban Development Project also works to strengthen the government's capacity to forecast and respond to disasters and emergencies. With a specific focus on flood risk management and the development of early warning systems for flood and drought risks, this project focuses on investing in drainage, irrigation, flood protection services, and more; building capacity for urban development and disaster risk management; project management; and facilitating an Immediate Response Mechanism (IRM), to re-allocate project funds to support mitigation, response, recovery and reconstruction in case of a crisis caused by natural events.
The project strives to protect the country’s investments in its people, communities, and businesses, and to sustainably increase its resilience against future flooding and disaster risks in specific urban and rural areas.
Serving a state in Africa’s most populous country, the Africa Hydromet Program works to improve the capacity of Oyo State to effectively manage flood risks in the city of Ibadan through the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project.
This project works to protect the lives, livelihoods, property, and investments of millions of people in one of the country’s most flood-vulnerable areas. Consisting of three components, the first component assess flood risk in the city of Ibadan, plans risk reduction measures, and finances preventive structural and non-structural measures to enhance flood preparedness. The second component ensures flood risk mitigation by financing public infrastructure investments for flood mitigation and drainage improvements. The third component will finance incremental operational costs to ensure the effective delivery of services to communities and businesses throughout the city.
Since almost 50 percent of power generation in Rwanda comes from small-scale hydropower, the Africa Hydromet program works to improve the country's hydro-meteorological capacity and build its resilience.
Through the Landscape Approach to Forest Restoration and Conservation project, the program works to enhance landscape management for improved environmental services and climate resilience through GFDRR and with funds from GCF. The project focuses on forestry, flood protection, irrigation and drainage, and works to build Rwanda’s resilience, natural disaster management strategy, and its economy, which depends directly on its land, water and biodiversity resources.
Togo has undertaken a decision to develop a nation-wide early warning system to alert communities of possible flood events, allowing people to take appropriate actions to protect themselves with enhanced collaboration and communication between the national hydro-meteorological services, the Togolese Red Cross, and affected communities.
Strengthening the capacity of institutions to manage risks from flooding and land degradation in rural and urban areas, the Africa Hydromet Program is present in Togo through the Integrated Disaster and Land Management Project. The project is focused on four components: institutional strengthening and awareness; community-based activities for adaptation and sustainable land management; early warning, monitoring, knowledge system management; and project management. The project was supported by funding from GFDRR, GEF and other partners.