The purpose of the MHEWS Tanzania project is to work in collaboration with the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) to reduce the impacts of extreme weather on coastal regions of Tanzania. Much of the population in Tanzania is vulnerable to weather and climate related hazards including flooding, drought, landslides, lightning and disease. Early warning of severe weather is vital as disasters may occur when communities face natural hazards but are not prepared for the impacts.
The project will initially focus on the pilot sectors of marine, fishing, agriculture, oil and gas, and the public weather service. The TMA and the Met Office have been working closely with sector stakeholder partners as well as representatives from the Disaster Management Department to understand requirements and jointly develop relevant early warning products and services.
The benefits of this project will be the TMA's contribution to increased resilience from weather hazards for the communities in coastal regions of Tanzania, through the development of partnerships and the provision of valuable services.
Key project milestones
May 2016 - Severe Weather Events - Effective Planning (SWEEP) workshop with key stakeholders. Read about this in a blog from our Regional International Development Manager for Africa
September 2016 - Integration of Standard Operating Procedures into TMA quality management system
December 2016 - Completion of phase 1 development