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 initially focussed on the pilot sectors of marine, fishing, agriculture, oil and gas, and the public weather service. The TMA and the Met Office worked 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.
This project is continuing in 2017 in order to further embed practices and ensure long-term transformational change.
Blog, May 2016 - Severe Weather Events - Effective Planning (SWEEP) workshop with key stakeholders. Read the blog by our Regional International Development Manager for Africa