|Vanuatu national summit on climate and agricultural resilience|
|Monday, 27 May 2013 13:11|
Last week, over 100 government extension officers from all areas of Vanuatu met in Lenakel, Tanna for a five-day agro-meteorology summit and a climate field school – a comprehensive programme on practical adaptation strategies to climate and climate change in Vanuatu, with a specific focus on building agricultural resilience through sharing weather and climate information.
The Vanuatu Meteorological and Geo-hazards Department, the National Advisory Board on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the SPC-GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit) Climate Change Vanuatu Programme jointly hosted the events.
Vanuatu’s climate is changing, and being prepared for and adaptable to the consequences of climate variability is a government priority. The Government of Vanuatu and SPC-GIZ Climate Change Vanuatu Programme hosted two previous agro-meteorology summits (in 2011 and 2012) to discuss and share techniques on adaptation and preparedness. Following the success of those summits, there was a call for even more hands-on, practical training on adaptation strategies, and on the development of written and audiovisual materials that can be used in extension work by government and non-government agencies.
This year’s agro-meteorology summit brought together extension officers from the land-based sectors (agriculture, forestry and environment) and key farmers, to learn from agro-meteorology experts and share ideas on important agro-meteorology products, such as seasonal forecasts, crop advisories, and El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) guidance handbooks. Over five days, the summit and climate field school provided a series of practical activities, designed to:
Equally important, this summit will assist Vanuatu to meet its international climate and climate change obligations, specifically those under the World Meteorological Organization. The summit has provided an opportunity to undertake activities agreed to under the Global Framework for Climate Services, which Vanuatu is participating in.
The agro-meteorology summit and climate field school were funded by the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance and the SPC-GIZ Vanuatu Climate Change Programme. The summit and field school have continued the valuable work Vanuatu is undertaking to build resilience of the nation’s agriculture and food gardens.
Photograph attached: Vanuatu banana multiplication school