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Kick-Off Workshops in Partner Countries 2018

Kick-Off Workshop in Tanzania - 27th and 28th of September 2018

In September 2018, the EPICC Kick-Off Workshop in Tanzania took place in Dar es Salaam. Eight scientists from the EPICC Team met with 32 scientists and other stakeholders from Tanzania to discuss the project goals, to identify the users need for climate services and to jointly develop relevant research questions.

The event was organized by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in cooperation with the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).

Starting from the EPICC workpackages, the workshop successfully established partner networks from science and practice and defined an action-oriented research agenda to co-create climate adaptation capacities. Apart from supporting various national adaptation plans and strategies, one of EPICC’s main goals will be to contribute, together with scientists on the ground, to the research within the National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) that the Republic of Tanzania has launched in August 2018 aligned with WMO’s Global Framework for Climate Services. The aim is to improve the availability and use of tailored weather and climate services to strengthen the resilience to climate change and extreme weather in Tanzania.

 

Kick-Off Workshop in Peru - 9th and 10th of October 2018

In October 2018, the EPICC Kick-Off Workshop in Peru took place in Lima and was kindly hosted by the National Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Peru (SENAMHI). Nine scientists from the PIK/EPICC Team exchanged ideas with 47 scientists and other stakeholders from Peru to discuss the project goals, to identify the users need for climate services and to jointly develop relevant research questions.

The workshop was organized by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in close cooperation with SENAMHI.

Starting from the EPICC workpackages, the workshop established science-stakeholder partnerships and collaborations with the Ministry of Environment (MINAM), SENAMHI, the National Water Authority (ANA) and a number of universities and other national and international institutions. EPICC will contribute to the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and to early warning and climate risk management. With that EPICC will also continue the capacity building of the Swiss Climandes climate services project, including a training workshop to be held jointly with the WMO Regional Training Center in 2019. The climate workpackage of EPICC will include seasonal forecasts, ENSO predictions and climate scenarios. The hydrology and water resources workpackage will focus on the Peruvian Amazon basin. The agriculture workpackage will concentrate on monitoring modeling and yield estimates for key crops in Peru such as maize, potatoes, rice and coffee and on agricultural insurance schemes.

 

Kick-Off Workshop in India - 1st and 2nd of November 2018

In November 2018, the EPICC Kick-Off Workshop in India took place in New Delhi. Eight scientists from the EPICC Team met with 44 scientists and other stakeholders from India to discuss the project goals, to identify the users need for climate services and to jointly develop relevant research questions.

The event was jointly organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the PIK. Thanks to TERI’s well established network, each thematic session was represented by a key stakeholder that provided the project team with pertinent inputs regarding the regional and national perspectives on their needs for climate services. The Inaugural session of the workshop saw presence of the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the German Embassy Dr. Jasper Wieck and of the Indian Met Department’s Director General Dr. K. J. Ramesh amongst other senior dignitaries.

It was agreed to focus the cooperation on individual states, such as Uttarakhand (Migration) and Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (Climate and Hydrology). The Hydrology workpackage, e.g., will focus on applying the SWIM model to the Godavari Riven Basin. Early warning of and improved information on extreme events are of great interest as contributions from EPICC. A key entry point for EPICC’s climate services are the State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC). EPICC will further support TERI’s climate portal and the GIZ climate vulnerability portal.


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