EMS Annual Meeting Abstracts
Vol. 18, EMS2021-460, 2021
EMS Annual Meeting 2021
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Demonstrating the full-value chain of climate services in Southern Africa: the FOCUS-Africa project

Roberta Boscolo1, Hamid Bastani1, Asmerom Beraki2, Nicolas Fournier3, Raül Marcos-Matamoros4, Alberto Troccoli5, Yasmina Dkhissi6, Andre Kamga7, Trevor Lumsden2, Dragana Bojovic4, Matteo Dell'Acqua8, Hiba Omrani9, and Mohau Mateyisi2
Roberta Boscolo et al.
  • 1World meteorological organization (WMO), Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2Council for scientific and industrial research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa
  • 3The Meteorological Office (Met Office), London, United Kingdom
  • 4Barcelona Supercomputer centre (BSC), Barcelona, Spain
  • 5World energy and meteorology council (WEMC), Norwich, United Kingdom
  • 6LGI Consulting, Paris, France
  • 7African centre of meteorological application for development (ACMAD), Niamey, Niger
  • 8Scuola superiore di studi universitari e di perfezionamento Sant'Anna (SSAS), Pisa, Italy
  • 9Électricité de France (EDF), Paris, France

FOCUS-Africa is an EU Horizon 2020 project funded to co-develop tailored climate services in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The project, led by the WMO and started in September 2020, gathers 16 partners across Africa and Europe jointly committed to addressing the value of climate services for key economic sectors in Africa: agriculture and food security, water, energy, and infrastructure.

The project is piloting eight case studies (CSs) in five different countries involving a wide range of end-users. New services derived from seasonal and decadal forecasts are applied for food security and crop production in South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. High-resolution climate projections, as well as historical climate reanalyses, are used to support planning and investment decisions for: a railway infrastructure and a mix of renewable energies in Tanzania, hydropower generation assessment under climate change scenarios in Malawi, and water resources management in Mauritius.

For all the FOCUS-Africa’s case studies, socio-economic impact assessment of the delivered climate services will be carried out in collaboration with the CS leaders, service providers, and end-users, by providing ex-ante and ex-post evaluations grounded in the Global Indicator Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals. The project will align the capacity development efforts with those promoted by WMO for enhancing the capabilities of the NMHSs to deliver climate services to users and will make sure that the project's innovative processes and tools will be part of the WMO training curricula.

FOCUS-Africa's expected impacts are:

  • Build a strong link between the climate scientific community and stakeholders in the SADC region by leveraging the advanced scientific knowledge and strong networks of the implementing team, and by establishing dedicated channels of communications, so as to target the full value chain of our users, from the start of the project
  • Advance the way in which climate information is developed by characterising end-use requirements through regular engagement
  • Contribute to the advancement of the scientific knowledge in the region and strengthened support for international scientific assessments through publications and reports such as those relevant for the IPCC, through the innovative science developed by FOCUS-Africa
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of the climate information by strengthening the adaptive capacity of end-users by delivering tailored, actionable, and exploitable climate services and by estimating their socio-economic benefits across the full value chain.
  • Enhance policy-making for climate adaptation in the project and other countries
  • Increase women’s access to climate services

How to cite: Boscolo, R., Bastani, H., Beraki, A., Fournier, N., Marcos-Matamoros, R., Troccoli, A., Dkhissi, Y., Kamga, A., Lumsden, T., Bojovic, D., Dell'Acqua, M., Omrani, H., and Mateyisi, M.: Demonstrating the full-value chain of climate services in Southern Africa: the FOCUS-Africa project, EMS Annual Meeting 2021, online, 6–10 Sep 2021, EMS2021-460, https://doi.org/10.5194/ems2021-460, 2021.


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