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ACMAD and AGRHYMET Regional Centre Centre joined forces to offer unique seasonal climate consensus forecast for the period March April May the Gulf of Guinea through the PRESAGG .

Seasonal Climate Prediction : Climate Services for the Management of Risks and opportunities related to climate variability and change for sustainable development. "

Under this theme held in Abidjan in C√īte d'Ivoire the first Regional Forum of Seasonal Climate Prediction

for the Gulf of Guinea ( PRESAGG -01). This forum jointly organized by the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD ), the Regional Centre in collaboration with the Agrhymet SODEXAM is of paramount importance for the Gulf of Guinea which is a predominantly agricultural area where more 70% of the population are dependent on agriculture , which is dependent on rainfall itself. Indeed, the amounts of annual rainfall and the starting date of the rainy season fluctuate greatly from year to year , causing problems of decision-making of farmers whose consequence is a reduction in yield , compromising food security of the population while the mastery of rainfall fluctuations could be a major asset to get the maximum benefit from the wise use of rain.

Many concerns that are an initial response through the organization of regional forums seasonal climate forecasting which ACMAD is a pioneer in Africa.

Regional forum to PRESAGG major objectives first to promote the exchange of knowledge between climate experts and users of climate information and services , then produce valid consensus seasonal climate forecasts for the period March- April-May 2014 in the region Gulf of Guinea , in addition to facilitate their applications for the management of risks and opportunities , and finally discuss the impacts and consequences expected for the period March-April -May 2014 weather

The importance of these forums is not demonstrated by the Director General of ACMAD , Mr. Adama Alhassane Diallo in his speech at the opening ceremony . He has made ‚Äč‚Äčthe observation that seasonal forecasting , over the years , has become for development actors and policy makers, especially those involved in major sectors and strongly influenced by weather and climate , which are among others the agriculture, livestock, fisheries, health , energy , infrastructure , tourism and recreation, an important tool , creating the same high expectations .

And it is to meet these expectations ACMAD and AGRHYMET Regional Centre for

last year , have joined forces to offer both

relevant stakeholders unique consensus forecasts .

Given the importance of the dissemination of this prediction in the chain, the CEO of ACMAD heckled participants Abidjan forum , first for they position themselves to assimilate the techniques of production seasonal climate prediction, then share them with their colleagues who could not be present , and then ensure that these forecasts are widely known to be the largest number of people in their respective countries through eg meeting public restitution with the media. And the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services can truly show their contribution to development and get the support and security of people and policy makers support they need to eminently strengthen and provide more reliable climate services , targeted and regular . knowledge exchange between climate experts and users of climate information and services , then produce valid for the period March- April-May 2014 in the Gulf of Guinea consensus seasonal climate forecasts , in addition to facilitate their applications for management risks and opportunities and finally discuss the impacts and consequences expected for the period March-April -May 2014 weather

Long years of experience have enabled Seasonal precipitation forecasting to be adopted today throughout the world as a contribution to adaptation to climate variability and change

Regional fora of seasonal climate forecasts are finally recognized as activities contributing to the implementation of regional strategies for disaster management. They produce the best possible regional climate information that are incorporated into the systems of vigilance and early warning.

The 1st Forum on seasonal climate forecasts in the countries of the Gulf of Guinea, PRESAGG, s is expected to complete Thursday, March 14, 2014 and expected results should help decision making in prevention of meteorological disasters.