Enhance the quality and quantity of climate services as well as to foster regional collaboration
From 3 – 6 May 2016, an Ibero-American Regional Climate Services Workshop will take place in Santiago, Chile. The aim of the workshop is to explore possibilities to enhance the quality and quantity of climate services as well as to foster regional collaboration.
Unprecedented weather- and climate-related events such as intense rainfalls, flooding, droughts, hailstorms and hurricanes have a significant impact on the socio-economic development in South America and elsewhere. In response, in 2009 the WMO-led Global Framework for Climate Services GFCS was established, a mechanism to advance collaboration worldwide to promote climate services at the national and regional levels. GFCS aims to foster decision-making based on science-based climate information in order to help society to enhance its resilience and adaption to climate variability and change.
The regional climate services workshop convenes experts from the Ibero-American National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) as well as other stakeholders to explore possibilities to enhance the quality and quantity of climate services. Given that systematic observations of essential climate variables are a basic prerequisite for climate services, particular emphasis is put on the identification of climate observation requirements of Ibero-American countries from the user as well as from the provider perspective. In this respect, a user-expert dialogue will underscore sector-specific observation needs for climate services. Service providers will clarify capacity and monitoring needs for climate services to match user requirements. In addition, the presentation of a selected number of implemented climate services in the region will serve as basis to exchange experiences among workshop participants. Ultimately, the workshop will provide opportunities to enhance regional collaboration and to optimize the benefit of existing expertise, institutional arrangements and infrastructure in the region.
The three-day workshop will be aligned with other GFCS and WMO activities, such as the “Regional Workshop on Climate Services at the National Level for Ibero-America” that took place in Costa Rica in July 2014. A jointly organized user-expert session with the Regional Climate Outlook Forum SSACOF is envisaged. The workshop will encompass the following sessions:
- Review capacities and existing climate services of Ibero-American NMHSs and highlight added value from regional cooperation
- Identify missing climate services to support local to regional policy making
- Engage in sector-speci_c user-expert dialogue jointly with the Regional Climate Outlook
- Forum SSACOF
- Underscore fundamental role of climate observations for reliable climate services
We share a video that highlights the importance of socio economic benefits that provide climate services. The video has been produced under the Climandes Project, an alliance of SDC Swiss cooperation, the World Meteorological Organization, MeteoSwiss, Meteodat, University of Bern, la Molina National Agricultural University and SENAMHI of Peru.
Socio-economic study of Coffee in Cusco
CATCOS WS Chile Programme (english/spanish)