Multi-hazard early warning service (MHEWS) Tanzania
The purpose of the MHEWS Tanzania project was to enhance the capacity of 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.
Blog, May 2016 - Severe Weather Events - Effective Planning (SWEEP) workshop with key stakeholders. Read the blog by Met Office Regional International Development Manager for Africa, Kathrin Hall.
Blog, April 2018 - Supporting the delivery of an early warning system through co-production and user engagement. Read the blog by Met Office International Development Manager, Becky Venton.
Impact case study, April 2018 - MHEWS: the right message, at the right time
MHEWS product - example of a product from the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) - November 2018
MHEWS Tanzania project summary
Impact case study, March 2019 - Tanzania Meteorological Agency successfully scales delivery of improved weather forecast
MHEWS Project Infographic - December 2021
You may also be interested in the following websites:
African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC)
Building Resilience & Adaptation to Climate Extremes & Disaster (BRACED)
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)