NFCS workshop participants posing for a group photo in Kiteto (23rd February 2017).
As part of implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) programme in Tanzania, Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) organized a District Level Stakeholders Consultation Workshop on The National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) in Kiteto District, Manyara Region, which was held on 23rd February, 2017. The main objective was to share the progress in the preparation of the NFCS to stakeholders and solicit more inputs and comments for its improvement. The workshop was attended by experts (from Kiteto District Council, Tanzania Red Cross and representatives from Civil Society Organizations), community leaders, policy makers, farmers and pastoralists.
The workshop was officiated by speech from the Guest of Honour, the District Executive Director (DED) of Kiteto District Council, Mr. Tamim Kambo, and the Director General of TMA and Permanent Representative of Tanzania with WMO, Dr. Agnes Kijazi. In their speech, both Mr. Kambo and Dr. Kijazi thanked the Royal Government of Norway, World Meteorological Organization and all GFCS partners for supporting the initiatives to enhance climate services in Tanzania.
The workshop programme comprised of presentations on the status of GFCS implementation in Tanzania and the draft NFCS. After the presentations, participants were organized in three groups to review the draft NFCS and provide comments and inputs for its improvement.
Some of the key comments and recommendations from the stakeholders were:
ü The document need to be aligned with the National strategies and policies including the National development vision (Vision 2025),
ü Priority sectors need to be expounded to include Water, Energy and Tourism
ü Livestock sector should be treated with more weight and should be mentioned in the document and should not be hidden in Agriculture
ü More awareness on climate and climate change and socio-economic benefits of weather and climate information is needed. Awareness and sensitization should also target Tribal Leaders and Private Sectors
ü The document should be produced in both English and Swahili.
ü TMA should establish and expand observation and monitoring Network in Kiteto and other districts.