NiMet, IRC Collaborate To Address Climate Challenges

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L-R: The director-general, Nigerian Meteorological Agency and Nigeria’s permanent representative with World Meteorological Organization, Prof. Charles Anosike and the governance coordinator, International Rescue Committee, Mrs. Dorcas David during a courtesy visit to NiMet headquarters in Abuja.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are poised to bolster their collaboration, recognising the critical importance of joint efforts in addressing climate-related challenges and enhancing community resilience.

During a courtesy visit to NiMet headquarters in Abuja, the governance coordinator of IRC, Mrs. Dorcas David and her team engaged in discussions with the director-general of NiMet, Prof. Charles Anosike. Anosike, who is also Nigeria’s permanent representative to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), emphasised the potential for synergies between the two agencies, particularly as Nigeria approaches the rainy season.

Highlighting the opportunity to integrate NiMet’s seasonal climate prediction (SCP) information into IRC’s activities, Anosike underscored the importance of direct feedback from farmers and communities in refining climate resilience strategies. He emphasised the need for collaborative research initiatives to develop robust climate-resilient solutions, stressing the pivotal role of reliable climate data in driving socio-economic development.

Furthermore, Anosike encouraged IRC to leverage its partnerships with leading tech companies to facilitate AI and data analytics training for NiMet staff, enhancing the agency’s capacity to harness cutting-edge technologies in weather forecasting and climate analysis.

In response, the IRC representative expressed appreciation for NiMet’s longstanding support and reiterated IRC’s commitment to collaboration in addressing climate-related hazards. She emphasised the importance of flood-trigger workshops facilitated by NiMet, which provide vital information to communities on flood preparedness and response measures.

David extended an invitation to NiMet’s leadership to visit IRC’s community locations, underscoring the value of field engagements in strengthening partnership initiatives and enhancing the effectiveness of climate resilience interventions.

The meeting between NiMet and IRC signifies a shared commitment to leveraging expertise and resources to mitigate the impact of weather and climate changes on vulnerable communities. By fostering closer collaboration, the two agencies aim to enhance adaptive capacity, promote sustainable development, and safeguard livelihoods in the face of evolving climate challenges.

Oluchi Okorafor
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