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October 31, 2014

Some 3.5 million people depend on Lake Victoria, shared by Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, for livelihoods in fishing, ferries and tourism. At any one time there are likely to be more than 100,000 people on the lake. But because of its local climate, storms catch people at unawares.

October 29, 2014

The 44th China Study Tour and the Workshop on the implementation of Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) took place in China on 22-30 September . Mr Ofa Fa'anunu, Vice President of RA-V and Mr Filipe Lucio, Director of GFCS Office interview is now available at China Meteorological News Press.

October 27, 2014

Partner organizations supporting the Global Framework for Climate Services are meeting to discuss progress and priorities in strengthening the outreach and effectiveness of the initiative.

October 21, 2014

Farmers in an Indonesian village which has taken part in Climate Field School programme run by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) reported an increase of nearly 25% in this year’s corn harvest, strengthening local food security.

October 9, 2014

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is executed by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). G4AW focuses on improved and increased sustainable food production and more efficient use of water in agriculture. In Summer 2014 four out of twelve project proposals have been granted a subsidy. 

 

October 9, 2014

The Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a new  report titled "Scaling up Climate Service for Farmers: Mission Possible."

This report summarizes lessons learnt from 18 recent good practice cases on Climate Services surveyed by CCAFS and its partners, from India to Mali (cases at scale) and less mature pilot projects across the two continents. It was released on the margins of the U.N. Cimate Summit in September.

October 2, 2014

The World Meteorological Organization hosted a three day meeting attended by a wide range of stakeholders from all over the world to accelerate progress, coordinate plans and identify gaps and stumbling blocks in the rollout of climate services such as seasonal forecasts and drought monitoring tools.

October 1, 2014

The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Training Kit (CTK) is now online at: www.climatecentre.org/training.

The Climate Training Kit is a collaboration between the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Community Preparedness and Risk Reduction team with contributions from around the world. 

The interactive and flexible modules contain exercises, games, film clips, presentations, reading materials, and examples from many Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies.  The resources in this kit can be used to help understand and address climate-related risks in programming and activities in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management, health, and in humanitarian diplomacy. 

The audience of the kit is practitioners in DRR, health, and in humanitarian. A short (1/2 hour) introductory online module about the humanitarian implications of climate change is also available on the IFRC Learning Platform: https://ifrc.csod.com/client/ifrc/default.aspx 

 

September 30, 2014

The 44th China Study Tour and a workshop on the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) has taken place to review progress in China’s expansion of climate services and to share its experience and expertise with developing countries.

Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA), Shen Xiaonong, Deputy Administrator of CMA, Ofa Fa'anunu, Vice President of WMO’s Regional Association for the South West Pacific, Filipe Lucio, Director of GFCS Office and Dr. Yinka Abedyao, Chief of WMO Education and Fellowships Division attended the opening ceremony on 22 September.

September 17, 2014

The Royal Kingdom of Bhutan hosted a WMO Regional Workshop on the provision of weather- and climate-related services in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Asia, in Thimphu from 9 to 11 September 2014. The workshop brought together participants from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of eight Asian LDCs, namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Myanmar and Yemen. These countries belong to the WMO Regional Association II (Asia) and have varying climate conditions, from the high mountain regions in the North to the coastal in the South, including also some landlocked countries.

“A common characteristic of Asian LDCs is their dependency on natural resources and a high vulnerability to hydro-meteorological hazards” said Dasho Sonam Tshering, Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Bhutan in his opening speech. >

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