Addis Ababa October 01/2012 Water and Energy state Minister Kebede Gerba said Ethiopia is exerting utmost effort to build green economy and cope up with the effects of climate change.
Addressing the 10th European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMESAT) Forum here on Monday the State Minister said Ethiopia has formulated green economy policy to be implemented until 2025.
Accordingly, he said, nation is intensifying effort to reduce emission of carbon and ensure food security through climate-friendly economic activity.
National Meteorology Agency (NMA) Director General, Fetene Teshome on his part said Ethiopia is a member of World Meteorology Organization and is sharing meteorology satellite with Europe.
He said the Forum enables nation to sustainably process valid climate data, undertake reliable weather forecast and provide accurate information.
According to him, the Forum helps build the capacity of professionals.
EUMETSAT, Director General, Alain Ratier on his part said his organization is providing multi-faceted assistance to African countries related to weather forecast.
He said EUMETSAT is widening its assistance with time.
The Forum has aimed at strengthening collaboration between EUMETSAT and the African user community with a view to facilitating the use of EUMETSAT satellite data throughout the continent.
The Forum also provides the opportunity to identify actions and initiatives that could be taken by EUMETSAT and its partners to meet the requirements of its African users.
It has also intended to undertake earth observation applications in this two decades parallel to weather forecasting and a wide range of environmental and climate monitoring applications that support risk reduction, food security, water management, health, energy and marine resources development, among others.
The From that will be held until October 5, 2012 is organized in collaboration with NMA, United Nations Economic Commission For Africa(UN-ECA) and the African Union Commission(AUC).
Over 200 participants pooled from more than 60 countries including Africa, Europe, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, African regional institutional bodies, government agencies and regional scientific and technical institutions are attending the Forum.
This 10th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa marks two decades of the exploitation of meteorological satellite data in Africa.
The EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa is organized every two years. It is an intergovernmental organization created in 1986, based in Darmstadt, Germany.