A Dialogue for Climate Services Users and Providers: Towards Implementation of the GFCS
26-27 October, 2012
The WMO and partner agencies will convene a two-day Dialogue between the users and providers of climate information and services in conjunction with the forthcoming Extraordinary World Meteorological Congress. The purpose of the dialogue is to establish a solid foundation for the intergovernmental deliberations on the implementation of the GFCS. Noting that the User Interface Platform (UIP) remains the “pillar” of the GFCS that is least well defined, the Dialogue will give particular attention to defining and characterizing how the UIP will be implemented so as to continuously add value to the GFCS.
The Dialogue will further the stakeholders’ understanding of how implementation can assist decision making “on the ground” and how to better work across communities so as to maximize the benefits of the GFCS at the national, regional and global levels. The Dialogue will also provide an opportunity for climate services users and providers to learn from one another about the challenges and opportunities ahead, thus paving the way for effective implementation of the GFCS. An important focus of the discussion will be linking the service requirements with the end-to-end GFCS capability characterized in its “pillars”; Observations and Monitoring, Research, Modeling and Prediction, Climate Service Information Systems, User Interface Platform (UIP), and the overarching one of Capacity Building.
Organization of the Dialogue:
A programme for the Dialogue is in the process of being developed and it will have a major focus on the four near-term GFCS priority themes (i.e. Disaster Risk Reduction, Health, Water, and Agriculture/Food Security). To facilitate these discussions on the provision of services in response to the users’ needs, the Dialogue will be organized around the services “exemplars” that have been developed as background reference material for the GFCS Implementation Plan. These exemplars focus on the practical, real-world challenges of sustainably implementing new climate services, particularly in the developing countries.
The Dialogue will be conducted entirely in “plenary mode” however poster sessions and side events will be encouraged during the lunch breaks and in the evening.
Side events, posters and exhibitions:
There is an opportunity for holding side events during the Dialogue, during both the Friday and Saturday lunchtime and on the Friday evening. The posters and exhibitions will be put in place for the Dialogue and remain in place throughout the Extraordinary World Meteorological Congress. The posters and exhibitions will have a number of threads, including examples drawn from case studies of climate service provision and highlight the need for integration between the “pillars” of the GFCS. It is anticipated that a number of new initiatives will be announced, and publications released, at the Dialogue.
It is expected that at least three critical groups will participate in the Dialogue. Climate service users will be drawn from practitioners, including representatives from NGOs, who have day-to-day decision making responsibilities that are affected by climate, climate variability and climate change in the disaster risk reduction, water, health, and agriculture communities. Climate service providers will be drawn from national meteorological and national hydrological services, universities and research laboratories (including those focused on the use of satellite products for the generation of climate services). The third critical group participating will be climate service enablers, including representatives of government drawn from Geneva-based missions and national delegations to the Extraordinary Congress who are expected to seize on this opportunity to further understand the challenges associated with the implementation of an operational climate services framework that will span a wide range of community interests at the national level. Also included among the enablers will be representatives of funding agencies, whose support and sponsorship will be critically important for successful implementation of GFCS.
For further details regarding the Climate Dialogue, please contact:
Mr Bruce Stewart – Chair of the Organizing Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Filipe Lúcio – GFCS Office: email@example.com
Ms Tamara Avellan – GFCS Office: CAvellan@wmo.int