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14th SARCOF takes place this month

Operating under the theme ‘seasonal climate prediction, a strategic planning tool in sustainable socio-economic development’, the 14th Southern Africa Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-14) will take place in Harare, Zimbabwe, 26-27 August 2010.
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Operating under the theme ‘seasonal climate prediction, a strategic planning tool in sustainable socio-economic development’, the 14th Southern Africa Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-14) will take place in Harare, Zimbabwe, 26-27 August 2010.

SARCOF-14 is a collaborative effort between the Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe, SADC (Southern Africa Development Community,) World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), United States Assistance for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Famines Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET), Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, and other partners.

Participated by climate prediction experts, climate scientists and international organisations engaged in climate modelling, prediction and applications for the region, the main objective of SARCOF-14 is to develop a consensus climate outlook for October 2010 to March 2011 rainfall season for the SADC Member States.

The forum will also discuss the potential impacts of the consensus seasonal climate outlook on other socio-economic sectors including food security, health, disaster risk management, water resources and hydropower management, among others.

SARCOF-14 will immediately follow a eight-day Climate Experts Capacity Building Workshop of SADC national Meteorological/Hydrological Services (NMHSs) for the purposes of developing critical inputs for the public Forum.

The SARCOF process is continuing to transform into an effective and reliable source for climate information and prediction services in order to fully exploit their potential for enhancing multi-sectoral, social and economic development.

For more information, visit: http://www.sadc.int/


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