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
“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
“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