Strengthening Agro-climatic Monitoring and Information System (SAMIS)

Government modelers learn how to produce Heatwave and Effective Drought Index (EDI) maps


Recently the SAMIS project started a collaboration with the global FAO project Country support to the enhancement of the Nationally Determined Contribution in the AFOLU sector - Technical Assistance Fund (TAF), on behalf of the NDC Partnership Climate Action Enhancement Package, also know as CAEP project

Through the Climate Action Enhancement Package (abbreviated CAEP, pronounced "cap") the NDC Partnership is delivering targeted, fast-track support to countries to enhance the quality, increase the ambition, and implement nationally determined contributions (or NDCs).  The FAO project, whose symbol is MTF/GLO/168/WRI, targets Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Eswatini, Gabon, Mongolia, Mozambique, Niger, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe, and Lao PDR.

The activity under development in Lao PDR are managed by the Department of Climate Change (DCC) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and include training of national level experts related to hands-on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities. While DCC has experience on climate change policy and planning at central level, it appears to lack first hand climate modelling capacity. The collaboration with SAMIS targets the improvement of DCC staff capacities in this field.

The CAEP project will produce a new seasonal forecast bulletin focused on drought risk that will have to be distributed in at least four villages every month over the rainy season.

In this framework an international online training titled Heatwave and Effective Drought Index (EDI) Index training programme was organized over the months of March and April. The training was held by Dr Jaepil Cho, International Water Management Institute, South Korea. The participation went beyond DCC. Colleagues from the Departments of Meteorology and Hydrology and from the Department of Agricultural Land Management participated.

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