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    12 Aug, 2014

    Eighteenth Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF- 18)


    SARCOF-18 ANNOUNCEMENT

    Theme: Advancing Climate Information Services for Resilience Development in Southern Africa Region
    Place: Windhoek, Namibia
    Date: 27 –29 August 2014

    INTRODUCTION

    Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), through the Climate Services Centre, is organising the Eighteenth Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF- 18), in Windhoek, Namibia, 27-29 August 2014. SARCOF-18 is a collaborative effort between the SADC Climate Services Centre, African Development Bank (AfDB), , World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), and other partners. SARCOF-18 is preceded by a 9-day Climate Experts Capacity Building Workshop of SADC National Meteorological/Hydrological Services (NMHSs) only, for the purposes of developing the 2014/15 seasonal climate forecast.

    OBJECTIVES

    The main objective of SARCOF-18 is to develop a consensus climate outlook for period October 2014 to March 2015 which is the upcoming rainfall season for the SADC Member States. The forum will also discuss the potential impacts of the consensus seasonal climate outlook on other socio-economic sectors including disaster risk management, food security, health, water resources and hydropower management, among others. The forum will also review the October 2013 to March 2014 rainy season for the SADC region.

    PARTICIPANTS

    Participants to SARCOF-18 will include climate prediction experts from the national Meteorological/Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the SADC region and climate scientists from universities, research institutions, as well as regional and international organizations engaged in climate modeling, prediction and applications for the region. Various regional and international governmental and non-governmental organizations and development partners are also expected to attend. Due to inadequacy of the necessary resources, the SADC Climate Services Centre will not be in a position to fund those wishing to attend SARCOF-18.

    HOW TO ATTEND

    Those wishing to attend can express their intention to do so through completing the attached request-for-participation form and submitting it to the Namibia Meteorological Services not later than 20 August 2014.

    CO-OPERATING INSTITUTIONS

    Co-operating institutions include all SADC National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC); African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD); International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations / International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), ; Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA); European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF); National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA); the United Kingdom Meteorological Office (UKMET); and others.

    WORKING LANGUAGE

    English will be the working language for the Forum.

    Attachments:

    Please find request for participation form and information note attached.