Proactive climate risk management through newAutomated Weather Stations in Ethiopia

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ADDIS ABABA 21 October 2010 –

The National Meteorological Agency (NMA) finalized this week the installation of 20 automated weather stations donated by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The weather stations valued at US$100,000 enable the agency to access and make available real-time weather data in Ethiopia for the purpose of early warning and weather risk management. This constitutes a major shift away from managing disasters to managing risk, ultimately working towards better lives for all Ethiopians.

“The 20 automated weather stations enhance our meteorological data observation in the country, especially in the pastoral areas,” said the NMA’s Director General Kidane Assefa. “They will help us to provide world class standard meteorological services in Ethiopia which is an important input for the implementation of the government’s Growth and Transformation Plan,” he added. NMA will be able to monitor real-time data from pastoral areas sent through the Ethiopian mobile phone network on a

Server based in Addis Ababa every 15 minutes thanks to the automated weather stations. This will allow reinforcing the countries early warning capacity and ensure timely and adequate risk management measures.

In addition, the newly available weather data support the development of innovative projects such as farmer weather insurance schemes and the scale up of the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) that the Government is implementing jointly with development partners.

“The automated weather stations are a very important investment for Ethiopia,” said Felix B. F. Gomez, acting Country Director of WFP Ethiopia. “They will allow us to identify climate risks at an early stage and therefore to better protect vulnerable, food insecure people in rural areas through innovative projects such as the weather risk insurance.”

In addition to the weather stations, WFP provides technical support to NMA and covers the running costs of the weather stations. Ten stations were installed in the Somali Region, five in Eastern Oromia and another five in Afar.

Hailu Wudineh Tsegaye,
Communications Expert_TA, GMES and Africa Support Programme,
HRST, African Union Commission