On 4 January 2022, UNDRR accompanied an Italian delegation led by the Director Mr. Luca Maestripieri from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The delegation visited the situation room of the ICPAC Disaster Operations Centre. The situation room was funded by the Government of Italy and supported with guidance and technical knowledge by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the African Union, and the CIMA Research Foundation.
The Situation Room officially opened on 27 October 2021 during the inauguration of the IGAD-ICPAC facility. The IGAD multi-hazard situation room will advance the development of important applications that will ensure close links between early warning-early action and anticipatory actions in the areas of floods, cyclones, heat waves, drought, food security, and locust invasion.
A Training Academy took place at the IGAD/ICPAC grounds in November 2021, targeting DRR and early warning experts from the region. Participants from ICPAC and SADC Member States gained insights into the technical tools offered by the DOC situation room to enable them to access, exchange, and analyze relevant DRR data and information along. The participants were also familiarized with Standard Operating Procedures related to Early Warning. The ICPAC DOC situation room is connected to the Continental situation room for DRR at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the ACMAD situation room in Niger. All these initiatives were made possible through the generous contribution of EUR 5 million by the Government of Italy which seeks to establish a continental MHEWS linking national, regional, and continental levels. An expansion of this project (phase II) will continue into 2022 with an additional contribution of EUR 2 million which will help to build on synergies with other initiatives funded by the government of Italy, including an additional EUR 1 million for the Sahel region, and EUR 1 million to establish an Africa network of excellence for DRR. (read more)