South-West Pacific Region to strengthen defences against natural hazards

South-West Pacific Region to strengthen defences against natural hazards

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30 April 2010

The 15th quadrennial meeting of WMO’s South-West Pacific National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in Bali, Indonesia, (30 April - 6 May 2010) will address the region’s increasing vulnerability to climate change and natural hazards. In his inaugural address, WMO Secretary-General M. Jarraud noted that some NMHSs in the region have adopted new responsibilities such as geo-hazards and climate services, incorporating the provision of tsunami warnings. Highlighting the need to support NMHSs as investments in sustainable development and the protection of lives and property, he outlined some key issues for the Regional Association to consider. These include further improvement in forecasting and warning services through numerical weather prediction products; strengthening the role of NMHS in risk reduction coordination and multi-hazard early warning systems; and collaboration with relevant international and regional institutions. 

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