Resilience, DRR Enhanced in the Wake of Severe Weather
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Scientists met to develop the first worldwide hydrological monitoring and modelling system aimed at helping countries to better prepare for floods and droughts.

Representatives of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services from West Africa convened to develop a draft implementation plan to expand the WMO Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project to West Africa.

Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu teamed up with WMO to boost their resilience to extreme weather events.

29 September 2017: This year’s Atlantic hurricane season, along with floods that devastated different parts of the world, served as a stark reminder of the need to boost disaster risk reduction (DRR) and disaster risk management (DRM) efforts, and to enhance communities’ resilience to severe weather. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) initiatives discussed in this Update contribute to these efforts.

Scientists met in Entebbe, Uganda, from 26-28 September 2017, to develop the first worldwide hydrological monitoring and modelling system aimed at helping countries to better prepare for floods and droughts. The WMO Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS), an operational system capable of assessing hydrological variability on a global scale, builds on WMO initiatives on hydrological monitoring, data sharing, and seasonal meteorological and hydrological forecasting. The tool also contributes to implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 (clean water and sanitation). [WMO Press Release on HydroSOS]

HydroSOS, a WMO operational system capable of assessing hydrological variability on a global scale, contributes to implementation of SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation).

Representatives of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) from West Africa met in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, from 4-8 September 2017, to develop a draft implementation plan to expand the WMO Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project to West Africa. Funded by the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA), the effort aims to provide reliable forecasts of hazardous weather in support of DRR. [WMO Press Release on Severe Weather Forecasting in Africa]

In an effort to respond to hydro and meteorological hazards that that pose an existential threat to small island developing States (SIDS), Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu teamed up with WMO to boost their resilience to extreme weather events. The island nations are working with WMO to develop a potential Green Climate Fund (GCF) project to improve the countries’ Early Warning Systems (EWSs). [WMO Press Release on EWSs for Asia-Pacific SIDS]

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