Side Event S2 – NORWAY GFCS Project Launch Event

Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa – Building Resilience in Disaster        Risk management, Food Security, Nutrition and Health – Asuncion St. Clair, Marit Viktoria Pettersen, MFA

The Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa is a collaborative effort among major international organizations and research institutions aimed at implementing and strengthening the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) . The main goal of the Programme is to increase the resilience of people most vulnerable to the impacts of weather and climate-related events in target countries, with a specific focus on Malawi and Tanzania. The Programme will help build capacity within countries and will support and integrate existing initiatives in climate services, food security, nutri- tion and health as well as disaster risk reduction. The Programme will be a significant opportunity under the GFCS for major international players to work together in a coordinated and holistic way. A key aspect of the work is to draw upon expertise from both social and natural science disciplines in developing community programmes in the fields of food security, nutrition, disaster preparedness and health. The objectives of the Programme are to produce:

  1. At the national level; greater and more effective cross-sectoral planning, co- production and application of climate services
  2. At sub-national to local level; significantly strengthen capacity of end-users to demand, access and benefit from co-produced climate services relevant for food security, nutrition, health and disaster risk reduction
  3. At the international level; improved understanding of the effectiveness of the GFCS in climate risk management and adaptation drawing from in-depth studies of selected actions in objectives 1 and 2.

This Programme is first and foremost ‘user-driven’ with an innovative research component combining natural and social science perspectives. It takes the GFCS as a launching point with activities working from this basis. In particular, the activities focus on developing the User Interface Platform (UIP).


19:10 – 19:15 Welcome, introduction of speakers Paddy Coulter, Oxford Global Media
19:15 – 19:25 Overview of Norway’s support for the GFCS Filipe Lucio, Head of the Global Framework for Climate Services Office
19:25 – 19:30 The Role for Social and Natural Sciences Marit Viktoria Pettersen and Kari Hauge Riisøen,Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
19:30 – 19:40 Research in the Delivery of Climate Services for Adaptation. Pius Z. Yanda, Professor and Director at the Center for Climate Change Studies (CCCS) Univer- sity of Dar es Salaam.
19:40 – 20:00 Q&A Filipe Lucio, Pius Z. Yanda, Marit Viktoria Pettersen and Kari Hauge Riisøen
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