Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Ethiopia Striving To Build Green Economy, Cope With Climate Change

(ADDIS ABABA, Oct 2 (BERNAMA-NNN-ENA)--Ethiopia is exerting its utmost efforts to build a green economy and cope with the effects of climate change, says State Minister for Water and Energy Kebede Gerba.

Addressing the 10th European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMESAT) Forum here Monday, he added that Ethiopia had formulated a green economy policy to be implemented until 2025. Accordingly, he said, the nation was intensifying effort to reduce carbon emissions and ensure food security through climate-friendly economic activities.

National Meteorology Agency (NMA) Director-General Fetene Teshome told the forum that Ethiopia, as a member of the World Meteorology Organisation (WMO) was sharing a meteorology satellite with Europe. He said the forum enabled the nation to sustainably process valid climate data, undertake reliable weather forecasts and provide accurate information. The forum also helped build the capacity of professionals.

EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier said his organisation was providing multi-faceted assistance to African countries related to weather forecasts and EUMETSAT was widening its assistance with time.

The forum is aimed at strengthening collaboration between EUMETSAT and the African user community with a view to facilitating the use of EUMETSAT satellite data throughout the continent. It also provides the opportunity to identify actions and initiatives which can be taken by EUMETSAT and its partners to meet the requirements of its African users.

It is also aimed at undertaking Earth observation applications in this two decades parallel to weather forecasting and a wide range of environmental and climate monitoring applications that support risk reduction, food security, water management, health, energy and marine resources development, among others. The forum, which ends on Friday, is organised in collaboration with the NMA, the United Nations Economic Commission For Africa(UN-ECA) and the African Union (AU) Commission.

More than 200 participants from more than 60 African and European countries, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, African regional institutional bodies, government agencies and regional scientific and technical institutions are attending the Forum.

This 10th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa marks two decades of the exploitation of meteorological satellite data in Africa. The EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa is organised every two years. It is an inter-governmental organisation created in 1986, and based in Darmstadt, Germany.
Source: Bernama - Malaysian National News Agency 

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