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Minister Magala Launches SARCOF-28 to Address Climate Impacts and Enhance Regional Preparedness

IH.E Mateus Magala, the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Mozambique, officially opened the 28th Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-28) in Maputo. 

The three-day forum, commencing on January 29th, 2024, aims to assess the impacts of the October-December 2023 rainfall season predictions, issue forecasts for the upcoming February-June 2024 season, and advance the establishment of Regional Sectoral User Interface Products (RSUIPs).

SARCOF-28 gathers representatives from various sectors, including Agriculture, Food Security, Livestock, Water, Energy, Health, Disaster Risk Management, and Early Warning, to collaboratively develop mitigation strategies based on updated consensus forecasts. 

The meteorological information and products generated during this forum are anticipated to significantly enhance the preparedness of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region against the adverse impacts of weather and climate.

The Climate Services Centre (CSC) will play a pivotal role in leveraging the outcomes of SARCOF-28 to strengthen engagement and collaboration with other climate services actors. 

The aim is to achieve effective co-production processes that are crucial in developing decision-ready products and services. 

Additionally, the forum will continue formalizing the User Interface Platforms (UIPs) and mainstreaming climate services to specific sectors within the SADC region.

SARCOF is a flagship event organized by the Climate Services Centre (CSC), facilitated through the Intra-ACP Climate Services and related Application Programme (ClimSA). 

This program is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the SADC Secretariat, underscoring the regional commitment to addressing climate challenges through collaborative and informed strategies.

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