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Djibouti, 11 – 14 December 2022,

The IGAD Climate Predictions and Applications Centre (ICPAC), in collaboration with the Norwegian Capacity (NORCAP) and the UK Met, held a four-day synergy-building training workshop on weather and climate. 

The workshop in Djibouti, brought together participants from Djibouti and Somalia, who included journalists, policymakers, the private sector, and meteorological authorities.

It sought to establish a synergy between national meteorological leaders, policymakers, the private sector, and journalists in using, communicating, and disseminating climate information from ICPAC.

Additionally, it aimed to improve the understanding and enhance the use and uptake of the ICPAC climate products and tools (e.g., the East Africa Hazards Watch, the East Africa Drought Watch) and their position in the climate services value chain in monitoring hazards for different sectors in the two countries. 

During the intensive training sessions, participants engaged in hands-on sessions on using these applications to monitor regional hazards and interpret risk information for communication and decision-making.

The exercise enabled participants to draw a clear line between all interlinked scenarios and interpretations for crucial information, especially for the media, to avoid misleading headlines.