ICPAC release the June-August 2012 Climate Outlook for the GHA Region
The 31st Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 31) predicted an increased likelihood of near normal to above normal rainfall over western and central areas of the northern sector of the GHA as well as the western and coastal parts of the equatorial sector during the June to August 2012 rainfall season. For the rest of Greater Horn of Africa, June to August is normally a dry season and these areas expected to remain generally dry during that period. The full details of the forecast are contained in the GHACOF 31 statement.
The Forum which took place in Djibouti, from 29-30 May 2012, brought together national experts from the region, along with regional and international experts involved in seasonal climate prediction and users of climate early warning advisories from sectors such as food security and disaster risk reduction.
The experts subsequently developed specific mitigation strategies for their respective sectors based on the released consensus regional climate outlook. The forum provided a good platform for interaction amongst the climate scientists and various users of climate early also warning advisories in the region.
The event was organized by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC), and sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the UK Met Office and World Bank/GFDR.
The Greater Horn of Africa region comprises Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.