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High impact weather lake system (HIGHWAY)

The purpose of the HIGHWAY project is to deliver the provision of regular weather forecasts and severe weather warnings for fishing boats and small transport vessels on Lake Victoria.

 

The project is being delivered by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) working with partners including the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda as well as the East African Community (EAC) and the Lake Victoria Basin Commission.

Lake Victoria currently lacks effective early warning systems to protect those who depend on it. The NMHSs of the countries bordering the Lake (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) forecast for their own sectors of the lake. A key driver for the HIGHWAY project is to coordinate meteorological services for the Lake and its basin, with potentially one centralised operational centre utilising all available information and data from the whole basin.

Key deliverables include:

  • The provision of regular weather forecasts and severe weather warnings for fishing boats and small transport vessels on Lake Victoria.
  • The dissemination of these bulletins widely in the East African region through local radio and/or mobile phones with provision of clear practical advice about how affected persons can protect themselves from the imminent threat or mitigate its impact.

Find out more about this project in the HIGHWAY brochure.

 

Read the blog post Understanding the weather information needs of fishermen on Lake Victoria - June 2018

 

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