The First Workshop on Data Management for Climate Services Starts
The workshop, which will take place from May 29 to 31, seeks the exchange of knowledge and experiences related to the provision of high-quality climate services for those sectors prioritized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and for citizens. It also seeks a continuous improvement of the technical and academic capacities of those professionals who will become a part of a network that generates climate products and services regionally and globally.
The Peruvian Ministry of Environment, Ms. Fabiola Muñoz Dodero, took part in the opening ceremony of the Workshop on Data Management for climate services that gathers over 150 specialists and scientists with the aim of exchanging and sharing the best experiences related to the provision of climate services. She shared the stage with Mr. Martin Jaggi, SDC Cooperation Director, Mr. Ken Takahashi, Executive President of SENAMHI; and Mr. Peer Hechler, representative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
“It is necessary to have better information that helps make better decisions. The scientific information must be organized and access to it must be simple, because decisions are made by citizens, farmers and officers from other sectors. Therefore, it is necessary to articulate the scientific speech into the daily speech”, commented the head of the environmental department.
The Minister announced that SENAMHI is making efforts to provide information to all the sectors of the country so that users make decisions in sectors such as agriculture, education, housing and other production activities. Thus, we would be able to make better decisions and prevent events, in disaster hazard management, for instance. “The value of this type of meetings lies in sharing learned lessons and knowledge to exchange experiences”, she added.
Mr. Ken Takahashi, Executive President of SENAMHI, mentioned that the climate services users request are data, data summaries, analyses and forecasts. And it is necessary that this information is prepared considering the needs of those who benefit from it. The concept of climate services promoted by the WMO includes the fact that the local meteorological services interact with users.
“The basis of all the services is the hydrometeorological information. Consequently, having quality information is essential to provide these services. This information is to be systemized, have a good quality control and be available simply and directly through information systems. This way, it will not only be easily accessed by Meteorological Services but also by the regular citizen who frequently requires exact data like, for instance, the temperature at a specific place”, he stated.
On the other hand, the Director of the Swiss Cooperation in Peru, Mr. Martin Jaggi, pointed out that significant actions are being taken regarding the adaptation to climate change in Peru. He mentioned that the Cooperation partners, like the World Meteorological Organization, suggest the implementation of policies to face the effects of climate change that have an impact on different parts of the world. “This workshop is an excellent opportunity to promote an exchange, to identify gaps from every country to strengthen their data management and get better forecasts and to improve coordinations with the WMO to help the countries promote data management for climate services”, he said.
Also, he mentioned that this space will be a great chance to reflect on three subjects: first, to acknowledge the countries’ progresses and achievements in the development of climate services; second, the role of the academy in promoting capacities and research to foster improvements in the provision of climate services; and, third, the cooperation among countries and the future challenges to make progresses regarding the implementation of the World Framework for Climate Services.
Finally, on the future of the Swiss contribution to this subject, he mentioned that it is expected to continue and to emphasize the promotion of collaboration among countries to keep implementing the international commitments acquired with the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. For that purpose, a great challenge will be fostering collaboration in the Latin American region that presents common gaps, which will allow to improve action from national services focusing on users.
Mr. Peer Hechler, representative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), who also took part in the opening ceremony, highlighted the importance of spaces like this, as well as the work being done by SENAMHI through the Climandes Project.
Climandes is part of the Global Programme Climate Change and Environment of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The purpose of the project is to provide reliable and timely climate services in alliance with the meteorological services of Switzerland (MeteoSwiss) and Peru (SENAMHI), the academy, the private sector and the citizens. It is implemented in the context of the Global Framework for Climate Services of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Links of Interest:
CLIMANDES Project, project sheet, Swiss Embassy, Swiss Agency for Development and Coope
ration – SDC
Web National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Peru (SENAMHI)
Web National Agrarian University La Molina
Web World Meteorological Organization