African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD)

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African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD)


ACMAD is a product of its 53 African Member Countries. The African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) is a mechanism for strengthening the partnership between Africa and the world in environmental concerns related to sustainable social and economic development. ACMAD focuses on services for social and economic sectors, such as agriculture, water resources, public health and safety. It develops climatic and environmental products which benefit regional and national activities. ACMAD is engaged in five major areas of activities:

  • Global products evaluation
  • Environmental applications for development
  • Transfer of technology
  • Capacity building
  • Research in Climate and tropical meteorology.

The Centre disseminates products on a regular basis to African countries for a continent-wide weather and climate watch, including early warning information and short- and long-term forecasts. Acme's products continuously improve and expand as its technical and scientific expertise increases.

ACMAD's impact and future depend on the capacity of Member Countries to improve and use its products. On-the-job training and specialized courses are used for capacity building. This emphasis helps staff seconded from Member Countries become proficient and adapt new technologies and methodologies to the specific needs of Africa.

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ACMAD promotes meteorological research and exchanging information between Member Countries participants who spend time at the organization to create a network of development practitioners and researchers. An important aspect of networking is also the regular, timely evaluation and dissemination of global weather reports and climate models for Africa. Most importantly, it develops information for new capacity building opportunities promotes contact between weather and climate professionals, development practitioners, and decision makers.

Through the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of member countries and sub-regional institutions, ACMAD focuses on reliable and timely environmental products and services of practical use to broad sectors of society. Members contribute to the operational budget, secondment of staff, and technical products. From 1992 to mid 1996, 310 professionals from 47 African Countries were seconded for periods of up to 6 months, representing approximately one-third of the operating budget. The secondment of staff, which is a vital element in ACMAD's operation, is a partnership between the Member Countries and ACMAD.

ACMAD is also supported by its two co-sponsors: the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), as well as many partner organizations and countries. Other contributors include the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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