PARCC Climate Information Meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone

In April this year, the first of five regional meetings organised within the framework of the PARCC West Africa project (‘Protected Areas Resilient to climate Change’) was held in Freetown Sierra Leone on the theme of Climate Information. It was co-organised by UNEP-WCMC and IUCN PAPACO and lead by the Met Office Hadley Centre.

The main objectives of the workshop were to meet with Met Office representatives of meteorological services of West African countries to share climate data, and provide training on the use of climate data and climate modelling.

Representatives from the meteorological offices of 11 countries in the West Africa region (Mali, Togo, Chad, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Liberia, Guinea, and The Gambia), and of Wildlife services attended the workshop. The participants all shared climate information and their experiences of climate change in the region, with each participant of National Met services delivering a brief presentation of their work.

They also received training from the UK meteorological office Hadley Centre on a number of important topics, such as modeling future climate scenarios, using relevant observed past and projected future changes climate information for biodiversity, and integrating climate science into adaptation actions.

The workshop was very successful: a better understanding was gained on the issues related to obtaining and using regional climate data and the existing links between meteorological offices and Wildlife services, and training sessions contributed to build capacity in the region.