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Tanzania pledges support for initiatives that address climate services

DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) -- The government of Tanzania on Wednesday pledged to support initiatives aimed at facilitating the development and effective delivery of climate services.

Speaking at the launch of the National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Deputy Minister for Labor, Youth, Employment and the Disabled Anthony Mavunde said the government is ready to support the implementation of the new framework.

“We are ready to support this framework for the sake of our various sectors such as agriculture and fisheries,” Mavunde said.

“This NFCS will enhance involvement of key national institutions in collecting and compiling climate observations and other climate-related datasets, institutions undertaking relevant research, and provide tailored information products and expert advice,” he said.

Mavunde said the government and other stakeholders need to continue facilitating coordination at the national level to ensure climate services are authoritative, credible, dependable and are used to inform better decision-making by the end users.

It is high time the country cultivated a culture where people followed and used weather information to tackle better challenges, he said.

Agnes Kijazi, director general of the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), said the framework would be a proactive body in identifying user needs and helping the National Climate Services (NCS) to take fewer initiatives in reaching out to users, rather than responding to users who approached it.

“The framework seeks to enhance provision of access to quality-controlled national climate to users about the use of these climate data that will be provided,” she said.

Kijazi said given the country’s move toward an industrial economy, it is necessary for the government to come up with the framework.

In implementing the global requirements, this framework will be part of the actions by the government to support the regional and global initiatives, said Kijazi.

“As part of our response to the global needs, this framework provides a means for users, climate researchers and climate service providers to interact nationally to maximize the usefulness of climate services as well as helping to develop new and improved applications of climate information,” she said.

Formulation of the NFCS started in 2014 under the sponsorship from Norway, in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization, and involving various stakeholders. 

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