The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has been working alongside the World Bank to evaluate the state of National Hydrological and Meteorological Services (NHMS) and of the early warning systems of its member states. Individual country reports were produced analyzing the services of Angola, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, and Rwanda, as well as an overall assessment of NHMS throughout ECCAS’ 11 member countries. These reports evaluate the legislative, institutional, technical, financial, and educational resources dedicated to supporting hydrological and meteorological services.
The report on the current capacities of NHMS throughout ECCAS analyses the challenges facing these services, ranging from insufficient budgets and the lack of investment, the inability to recruit and retain qualified staff, and having to work with obsolete equipment. The reports also outline recommendations to overcome these challenges, such as lobbying the necessary political support to improve NHMS by demonstrating the importance of climate services to decision-makers.