This report provides an overview of the training and capacity building activities under Work Package 4 (WP4) of the CONFER project, regarding outcomes and recommendations, as well as contribution to
achieving CONFER’s objectives. It provides insights into the training workshops conducted aimed at promoting the co-production of climate services for enhanced and sustainable management of water
resources and energy, and food security in East Africa.
The workshops, held from June 2022 to March 2023, aimed to foster collaboration among crucial climate service stakeholders, including National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHs), policymakers, media, and the private sector to improve weather and climate information services.
The training workshops targeted ten countries in the region, namely Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Somalia, Rwanda, and Burundi, with sessions being held in Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti, and Rwanda.
The workshops brought together experts and stakeholders from countries based on shared languages to enhance engagement and interaction. Overall, the training workshops empowered 100 journalists and 60 meteorological experts, policymakers, and the private sector, selected by their national institutions. They addressed the user needs identified through the WP1 survey and GHACOF 60.
The training workshops covered various topics designed to help participants access, interpret, and translate climate information across languages; and promoted collaboration and co-production of climate information services in East Africa. For instance, participants received guidance on using climate information to enhance their work in different sectors, including water resources management, energy planning, DRM, and food production.
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