Govt reiterates commitment to build capacity for weather forecasts

24Mar 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Govt reiterates commitment to build capacity for weather forecasts

THE government has reaffirmed commitment towards building capacity for monitoring and forecasting weather and climate for decision making and adaptation strategies on climate variability and change.

Prof. Makame Mbarawa

Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Prof. Makame Mbarawa, made the commitment yesterday in his message for this year’s World Meteorological Day, themed: “Hotter, Drier, Wetter--Face the Future”

“Information, products, and services based on climate predictions will strengthen our ability to mitigate and adapt to climate change as well as to pursue sustainable development—making us better prepared to face coming storms, floods and droughts.

It will help farmers to organise planting and harvesting better as well as increasing the safety of ship and air navigation,” said Prof Mbarawa.

The minister said: “Taking note of these advancements, I therefore encourage everyone to consider playing a role in the effort to curb adverse impacts of climate change and thus make a vital contribution to the safety and well-being of the people in this nation.”

He added: “Climate change makes us uncertain about our future and yet despite this uncertainty, one thing is clear: our society bears a responsibility not only to itself but also to future generations. The choices we’re making in the present, we’ll have a major consequence in shaping the earth’s future.

While the challenges facing us in the near future are enormous, the opportunities for addressing them have never been greater.”

As part of cerebrating the World Meteorological Day, Prof Mbarawa called upon stakeholders of weather and climate from all sectors to engage in understanding and monitoring weather and climate change as well as take all necessary measures for mitigating climate change impacts by making the environment more natural and suitable for social and economic development for the current and future generations.

For her part, the director general of the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), Dr Agnes Kijazi, said climate change was increasing the risk of heavy rains and floods with associate impacts on various socio-economic sectors.

In that regard, Dr Kijazi urged all users of meteorological services to ensure that they maintained closer contacts with TMA and collaborate in tailoring the best products needed for the benefit of various socio-economic sectors in the country.

She also vowed that TMA would continue to monitor closely environmental changes caused by the change in weather and climate systems and provide advisory, alerts and information to the public and decision makers.

“TMA is using this day to encourage the general public to make use of our services…”she said.