The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the IGAD Climate Prediction & Applications Centre (ICPAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding and an agreement in a ceremony that was witnessed by the Deputy Office Chief for Environment at USAID’s Kenya and East Africa Mission, Brad Arsenault, and the USAID Program Management Specialist, Chihenyo Kangara.
Speaking during the ceremony held at RCMRD Offices in Nairobi, Kenya, the Director General-RCMRD, Dr. Hussein Farah emphasized the importance of collaboration in climate related research, as well as in timely dissemination of findings. Dr. Farah underscored the important role that RCMRD and ICPAC are playing in informing climate resilience and adaptation mechanisms in eastern and southern Africa. He appreciated USAID and NASA for supporting RCMRD through the SERVIR Project, a partnership between USAID and NASA.
The Director-ICPAC, Dr. Guleid Artan reiterated the importance of the partnership that RCMRD and ICPAC have had for over 20 years. He thanked USAID, NASA and RCMRD for supporting ICPAC’s climate related research and monitoring activities through the SERVIR Project. He noted that ICPAC would leverage this support on other on-going programs to ensure that the institution delivered high quality science based products that support resilience to climate change.
Brad Arsenault, in his remarks noted the important role that RCMRD and ICPAC are playing in addressing climate resilience and adaptation in the region. He emphasized that partnerships are a key message of the USAID mission statement, and thus congratulated RCMRD and ICPAC for further exploring areas of building synergies through collaborations. He encouraged both institutions to ensure that the work outlined under the MOU and agreement documents would yield fruits in the near future. Finally, Brad extended a plea to both institutions to also ensure that the information generated from their work benefited decision making and improved livelihoods.
The SERVIR Eastern & Southern Africa Project Manager, Dr. Robinson Mugo applauded the efforts of both RCMRD and ICPAC’s technical teams in drafting a mutually beneficial proposal and set of activities. RCMRD and ICPAC held a number of user engagement meetings through which a major needs and potential activities were identified. Through the agreement signed by RCMRD and ICPAC, the SERVIR Project will support ICPAC’s work on rangeland early warning system, climate diagnostics, modelling and prediction, and ground water resources mapping and management, for a period of nine months.0