During September 12-15, 2017, the inaugural AMCOMET Africa Hydromet Forum, co-hosted by the African Union Commission and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, brought together over 500 experts from governments, public and private sectors, regional entities, academia, development agencies, civil society, and over 30 high level representatives from ministries responsible for meteorology, hydrology, and disaster risk management and executive management from regional organizations. The Forum provided a platform to position Hydromet strengthening as a pillar of Africa’s climate resilient development and adaptation planning. Delegates shared best practices and lessons from the implementation of existing strategies and proposed concrete actions to address the weather, water, and climate challenges facing Africa.
During the Forum, the DRM Hub showcased and disseminated knowledge products on the Japanese experience on modernization of Hydromet services, including:
I. Modernization of Japan's Hydromet Services: Reports on Lessons Learned for Disaster Risk Management
II. Modernization of Meteorological Services in Japan and Lessons for Developing Countries
III. Background on Hydrological Services in Japan and Lessons for Developing Countries
Building on the discussions at the Forum, World Bank Task Team Leaders and country clients agreed to pursue the development of an additional knowledge product under the Japan Hydromet Knowledge Program focusing on Public Private Engagement in Hydromet Services.