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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Africa to benefit from Denmark backed 'EW4All for Africa' - NaijaAgroNet

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said that Africa would benefit from the Early Warnings for All Initiative (EW4All) project by Denmark, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Africa to benefit from Denmark backed 'EW4All for Africa' - NaijaAgroNet
WMO also revealed that EW4All has a bold vision of a world in which every individual is protected by life-saving Early Warning Systems (EWS) by 2027.

Seeking to work more coherently across the full EWS value chain, the EW4ALL initiative is led by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), each leading one of the four pillars, relevant to their mandated expertise.

While the initiative is well underway, significant gaps are still being identified, particularly in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa.

Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda face significant challenges related to climate resilience and EWS, essential for protecting their population from recurring natural hazards such as flash floods and droughts. These hazards normally result in loss of life and substantial economic and material impacts. 

To support mitigation of these effects, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark has provided CHF 4.9 million for a new four-year project contributing to EW4All in these countries.

The Danish Project will support immediate actions required to roll-out activities across the four pillars of the EW4All initiative: disaster risk knowledge; detection, observations, monitoring, analysis and forecasting; warning dissemination and communication; and preparedness and response capabilities. 

It will further strengthen anticipatory action, leveraging the WMO Coordination Mechanism (WCM) to support the design, delivery and uptake of climate and risk information services for climate action.

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