Consultation workshop on weather and climate services in Afghanistan

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The Met Office and ICIMOD, in partnership with the Afghanistan Meteorological Department (AMD), are organizing a four-day workshop on “Weather and climate services in Afghanistan”. The consultation workshop is a key activity of the Asia Regional Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARRCC) programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

The ARRCC is a four-year programme launched in September 2018 to strengthen the provision and uptake of weather and climate services across South Asia. Although regional in nature, the ARRCC will also focus on the most vulnerable countries in the region, primarily Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan.

The programme will focus across all meteorological timescales (weather, season, and climate), aiming to build climate and environmental resilience by improving the application of and access to weather and climate services at regional to national levels. The programme will also support the development of new technologies and innovative approaches to help vulnerable communities use weather warnings and forecasts to better prepare for climate-related shocks.

Building on initial engagement with the AMD in 2019, the workshop aims to engage the AMD and key stakeholders to inform and shape the work of the ARRCC programme in Afghanistan.

The objectives of the workshop are as follows:

1. Gain an understanding of the current use of weather, seasonal, and climate services by key stakeholders 

2. Introduce the ARRCC programme and components of an impact-based forecast to stakeholders

3. Share information on current services provided by the AMD

4. Gain an understanding of the key hazards that impact the key sectors on weather, season, and climate timeframes

5. Identify and agree on priorities for impact-based forecasting and next steps

Participation to the workshop is by invitation only.