World Meteorological Organization
Global Water Partnership and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) aims to enable society to manage risks and opportunities arising from climate variability and change, providing climate information in such a way as to effectively assist individuals and organisations in decision-making, to reduce the impact of climate-related disasters, improve food security, and enhance water resources management inter alia.
Bringing together different stakeholders with a multi-disciplinary approach, Integrated Flood Management and Integrated Drought Management are highly dependent on access to high quality climate services. GFCS fosters dialogue between climate and water communities to improve accessibility and understanding of climate services in support of water resources management. To succeed in this task, different agencies at the international and national levels should increase their cooperative efforts.
This side event will consist of a panel presentation by representatives of climate and hydrology services providers and the users of these services, including water supply managers, farmers and engineers.
Moderator: Robert Stefanski, WMO
17:45 Welcome Address. Mr Michel Jarraud, WMO
Setting the Scene
17:50 The Integrated Drought Management Program. Mr. John Metzger, GWP
18:00 Climate Uncertainty in Water Resources Planning & Management – Building a Science-Policy Interface. Mr. Philippe Guettier, FWP
18:10 The Associated Programme on Flood Management. Mr. Bruce Stewart, WMO
18:20 Questions & Answers
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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and UNESCO held on side event on Sunday 1 September entitled “Stakeholders’ Contribution to Drought and Flood Management.”
The Secretary-General of WMO, Michel Jarraud, gave the welcome address at this side event where he stated that climate variability and climate change are influencing more and more the life of our planet and our societies. Climate services—the provision of climate information or advice to assist decision-making—are one of the most crucial tools to address climate change and climate variability and to adapt to them. To foster the development and delivery of climate services worldwide, last year an extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress unanimously approved the development of a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). The GFCS will build on observational networks, climate research and modeling capabilities and improved service delivery mechanisms to develop, with partner agencies, demand-driven and user-oriented climate services to meet the challenges posed by climate change. He added that the GFCS aims to enable society to manage risks and opportunities arising from climate variability and change, providing climate information in such a way as to effectively assist individuals and organisations in decision-making, to reduce the impact of climate-related disasters, improve food security, and enhance water resources management inter alia.
Mr Frederik Pischke from the Global Water Partnership (GWP) gave a presentation on the joint WMO/GWP Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP). He stated that WMO, GWP and other partners are working on science-based foundations for practical and proactive drought policies at national level to make drought-prone countries more resilient. The IDMP was launched at the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy in March 2013 for a coordinated drive towards science-based drought disaster risk reduction and away from piecemeal and costly crisis-response. The IDMP will thus help improve monitoring and prevention of drought. It will focus on the sharing of scientific information, knowledge and best practices to advise policies and management approaches in the development of short and long-term drought management plans and actions. The IDMP will be demand-driven and tailored to specific regional and national needs.
Dr Philippe Guettier from the French Water Partnership gave a presentation on Climate Uncertainty in Water Resources Planning & Management – Building a Science-Policy Interface. He stated that climate data and forecast can be used in water resources management but that users must understand the uncertainty
Mr Bruce Stewart, Director of the Climate and Water Department of WMO gave a presentation on the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM). He stated that Integrated Flood Management has become established partly due to the success of the APFM over the last decade to maximize the net-benefits from floods and minimize the losses of life and livelihoods. Traditionally, flood management has focused on prevention, with emphasis placed on structural protection and rapid drainage systems. Integrated Flood Management aims at coordinating social, economic, environmental, legal and institutional aspects with an emphasis on flood risk awareness as well as preparedness, response and recovery measures. It promotes understanding of floods not only among planners but among all stakeholders, including local communities.
There were about 30 participants at the side event with discussions at the end on the need for quality weather and climate information to undertake drought and flood management.