New observatory an asset for mitigating climate change

The Regional Research Observatory on the Environment and Climate (RROEC) has been inaugurated in Djibouti in a bid to produce data and climate models to inform political decisions on climate adaptation and resilience for the country and across the East African region.

Established with the assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), RROEC was instated at an international summit in Djibouti from 23-25 October 2022. Scientists, students, researchers and decision-makers from Comoros, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda in the East African region discussed regional environmental and climate issues. The theme of the summit was ‘Climate Change and Research (2CR): The path toward adaptation and lasting resilience’. 2CR is part of the COP27 perspective – the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 2022 that will take place in the Red Sea city of Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, from 7-18 November 2022.

Population vulnerable to climate change

“Thanks to the IAEA and other partners, this observatory became a reality – we are able to put in place reliable and operational models for climate change adaptation and lasting resilience,” the President of Djibouti and head of the government, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, said during the RROEC opening ceremony on 23 October 2022, according to an article on the IAEA website.

According to the Climate Change Knowledge Portal, Djibouti, which is located on the Horn of Africa and bordered by the Red Sea, is facing water scarcity due to low levels of precipitation, higher temperatures, increased aridity, and rising sea levels. These challenges are expected to continue to affect the country, making its population of one million highly vulnerable to climate change.

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