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Climate Information, Disaster Management and Early Warning System (CIDMEWS)
 
has been developed and implemented by Integrated Geo-information and Environmental Management Services (INTEGEMS), http://www.integems.com, under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sponsored "Support to Communications and Dialogue on Early Warning, Forecasting Products and Climate Information Project", with the objective to establish a functional network of meteorological and hydrological monitoring stations to help understand better the weather and climatic changes over time and provide timely information to avert any weather and climate change related disasters. 



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The United Nations Development Programme’s Multi Country Programme to strengthen “Climate Information for Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa" (CIRDA) supports Climate Information and Early-Warning Systems Projects in 11 of Africa’s Least Developed Countries in their missions to save lives and improve livelihoods . The Multi Country Programme is being implemented by UNDP with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) and is an example of the concrete actions that the UN is taking to reduce the impacts of climate change in all development sectors.
 
Cohesive and comprehensive disaster management, meteorological, climatic and hydrological information data and information and the provision of standardized, value-added data products for assessing, predicting, and forecasting environmental change is key to climate change adaptation and planning. Thus, one way the UN and CIRDA supports effective climate change adaptation planning in Sierra Leone is to improve climate monitoring and early warning systems through the enhancement of the technical and technology capacities of the relevant mandated institutions – Sierra Leone Meteorological Department (SLMD) in the Ministry of Transport and Aviation (MTA), the Office of National Security – Disaster Management Department (ONS-DMD), the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR), the Environment Protection Agency-Sierra Leone (EPA-SL).



Integrated Geo-information and Environmental Management Services (http://www.integems.com) has designed and developed this 
Climate Information, Disaster Management and Early Warning Systems (CIDMEWS) for disaster management, meteorological, climatological, hydrological and early warning information. CIDMEWS integrates Geographic Information System (GIS) and Management Information System (MIS) and mobile data collection technology to provide a family of sophisticated tools and Web services for collecting, managing, visualizing, mapping, analysing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on various aspects of climatological, hydro-meteorological, disaster management and early warning information in Sierra Leone to help understand better the weather and climatic changes overtime, and provide timely information to avert any weather and climate change related disasters.

CIDMEWS has been designed and developed by INTEGEMS under the UNDP sponsored "Support to Communications and Dialogue on Early Warning, Forecasting Products and Climate Information Project". The Project’s main objective is to establish a functional network of meteorological and hydrological monitoring stations to help understand better the weather and climatic changes overtime and provide timely information to avert any weather and climate change related disasters. 

News and Events

China-Africa Summit Highlights Climate Change as Existential Threat, Strengthens Cooperation

Death toll mounts in Sierra Leone mudslides - CNN

Cities across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone - Reuters

Cities across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone. Read More

DAKAR (Reuters) - Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week


Is climate change to blame in Freetown? - Al Jazeera

Is climate change to blame in Freetown? Read more

The deadly landslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone on Monday morning was undoubtedly partly the result of deforestation.

Landslide left one school pupil dead in Freetown Sierra Leone - Standard Times Press

Landslide left one school pupil dead in Freetown Sierra Leone. Read more

As the long awaited rains begin to fall in the city, residential areas along the hills and valleys are getting apprehensive with reported cases of disaster in various parts of the east end of the city.

Risk Knowledge

Risk knowledge & assessment provides essential information to set priorities
for mitigation and prevention strategies and designing early warning systems.

Monitoring and Predicting

Systems with monitoring and predicting capabilities provide timely estimates
of the potential risk faced by communities, economies and the environment.

Disseminating Information

Communication systems are needed for delivering warning messages
to the potentially affected locations to alert local and regional governmental agencies.
The messages need to be reliable, synthetic and simple to be understood by authorities and the public.

Response

Coordination, good governance and appropriate action plans are key points
in effective
early warning. Likewise, public awareness and education are critical aspects of disaster mitigation.

Risk Knowledge
Monitoring and Predicting
Disemmination and Communication
Response

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