The purpose of the SCIPEA project was to strengthen climate partnerships on three levels. Enhancing links and data exchanges between global, regional and national climate organisations was a core part of the project, with the aim of strengthening resources and tools for seasonal forecasts. In addition, the project facilitated the co-development of tailored services with climate information providers and users. The long-term capacity development aims of the project involved working with national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs), universities and training centres in the region to strengthen training resources and the capacity for climate service development.
There were a number of partners involved in this project including the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) Climate Prediction Applications Centre (ICPAC), the meteorological services of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, educational institutions and end users of seasonal forecasting information in the region and from the four countries. These included the Red Cross, ministries of agriculture and water resource and disaster risk reduction organisations as well as the energy, food security and nutrition, and media sectors.
The benefits of the strengthened partnerships encouraged by SCIPEA include increased capacity for regional and national early warning services and more effective responses to climate threats and opportunities.
Key project milestones
May 2016 - Model Interpretation Hub (MIH) training in Naivasha, Kenya
June 2016 - SCIPEA kick-off meeting in Naivasha, Kenya
August 2016 - Extended training at Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) 44. Read our blog about this series of workshops.
November 2016 - Science visit to USA. Read the report on this visit here.
January 2017 - Science visit to UK