Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

Climate services

In Africa, the Climate Centre is supporting the IFRC in a consortium led by the World Meteorological Organization in a Norwegian-funded programme to implement the Global Framework for Climate Services in Tanzania and Malawi, the first programme of its kind.

The goal in Malawi is to strengthen links between meteorologists and people who would benefit from the integration of climate and weather information.

The Climate Centre’s role includes assessing effectiveness of early-warning systems at the community level, developing education programmes on climate for rural and urban communities, and producing contingency plans for climate extremes.

In Tanzania (photo), climate information is not available in a format easily accessible to vulnerable communities, but now through community outreach, development of contingency plans and strengthening the understanding of climate risk, GFCS promotes a more resilient population.

The programme involves the two countries National Societies and the World Health Organization, the World Food Programme, and CCAFS – the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, and aims to foster the provision of climate services, especially application in the field, at scale.

In the Caribbean, meanwhile, the Climate Centre is partnering with IRI and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology to develop procedures for seasonal forecasts in the region.