The purpose of the SCIPEA project is to strengthen climate partnerships on three levels. Enhancing links and data exchanges between global, regional and national climate organisations is a core part of the project, with the aim of strengthening resources and tools for seasonal forecasts. In addition, the project has facilitated the co-development of tailored services with climate information providers and users. The long-term capacity development aims of the project involve 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 are 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 include 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. This project is continuing in 2017 in order to further embed practices and ensure long-term transformational change.
Co-production is a key theme of this project. Read our guide on the co-production of prototype climate services for more information.
Blog, August 2016 - Extended training at Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) 44.
Report, November 2016 - Science visit to USA.