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Norway's contributions to the Global Framework for Climate Services will be used to support weather forecasting capacity at national meteorological organizations across Africa.

In particular, it will support national meteorological institutes as they work to improve of forecasting of severe weather events, which can negatively impact large agricultural areas.

WMO9 December 2011: The Government of Norway has signed a grant agreement with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to strengthen climate services in Africa. The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference.

The grant will support the Global Framework for Climate Services, and in particular, the efforts of African countries to strengthen their capacity to develop weather and climate services at national, sub-regional and regional levels. It will support national meteorological institutes as they work to improve of forecasting of severe weather events, which can negatively impact large agricultural areas. The funding totals approximately $10 million over three years. [WMO Press Release]

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