African leaders are meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week to coordinate modernization of weather and climate services, which inextricably link the Continent’s development, climate, and resilience agendas. “Effective hydromet services, such as advanced weather and climate forecasting or simple – and sustainable – river level gauges, ensure that communities have the early warnings needed to prepare before disasters hit. Climate services permit government agencies to effectively plan for climate change based on the latest information, and businesses in climate-sensitive sectors to incorporate timely, accurate data in the decisions that affect their industry.” – Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization.

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