Norway has increased funding to help strengthen Africa’s climate services. The move is part of a global framework being led by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Upped from NOK 60 million to NOK 120 million (some USD 19.66/EUR 14.57/GBP 12.14 millioin), it is to help the poorer population deal with the effects of climate change.
“This is a pioneering program that will strengthen the government's ability to plan for climate change and disaster management. In particular, it will help enable vulnerable populations to meet the challenges of climate change locally better,” Foreign Minister Børge Brende said in a statement.
Research has shown that the most serious consequences of climate change can be avoided if climate services are in place.
“Efforts to reach out to all with understandable information about weather and climate helps to save lives and livelihoods for the poorest , and it is critical for developing countries' opportunities for sustainable development,” added the Foreign Minister.
The WMO-Norway deal was signed in Warsaw, Thursday.