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Webinar: African demand for weather and climate services, and business models for private sector engagement




February 26, 2018


Millions of dollars in investments have been made in weather and climate infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) over the past few decades, yet sustainable Climate Information Services (CIS) remain elusive. This webinar examined what is happening in the African region today, and how CIS developments can be leveraged to create investment cycles that meet the needs of end users. This webinar drew on the findings from a soon to be published white paper ‘A CIS market assessment and business model review’. The demand for CIS was illustrated through case studies of current markets in SSA. Two private sector actors showcased examples of their work and how they engage with National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and other government agencies. Additionally, the demand for services to integrate climate information into infrastructure planning and design decisions was discussed, based on a recent research study. The webinar was held on 21 February, 2018, with a recording below.   Speakers
  • Mr Dimitar Ivanov (World Meteorological Organisation)
    • Presentation: WMO Public Private Engagement Policy – PPE in the Global Weather Enterprise Context – Download here
  • Mr Robert O’Sullivan (Winrock International)
    • Presentation: Climate Information Services in sub-Saharan Africa – A Review of the Market and Private Sector Engagement – Download here
  • Mr Ari Davidov (Earth Networks)
    • Presentation: Innovative Meteorological Early Warning Systems and Public Private Partnerships for Climate Change Adaptation in African Least Developed Countries – Download here
  • Mr David McAfee (Viamo)
    • Presentation: The 3-2-1 Service – A Sustainable Climate Information Service for Africa and Asia – Download here
  • Mr Jean-Pierre Roux (SouthSouthNorth)
    • Analysing Demand for Services to Integrate Climate Information into Infrastructure Planning and Design Decisions – Download here
The full record of submitted Q&A can be found here.