WMO South American Regional Association calls for better weather and climate services

WMO South American Regional Association calls for better weather and climate services

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1 October 2010

Meteorologists in South America pledged to improve forecasting and warning capabilities, strengthen observations and telecommunications networks, establish regional climate centres and implement disaster risk management strategies. 

The decisions were taken at a week-long meeting of the World Meteorological Organization’s South American Regional Association in Bogota, Colombia. Delegates from 13 South American countries agreed on the need for coordination as well as for more accurate climate products to better understand and cope with climate variability and climate change.

“The economic crisis has been a serious constraint but many critical issues like climate change persist and adaptation to its impacts remains key, so we can no longer wait for the crisis to conclude before reaffirming the need to support National Meteorological and Hydrological Services as investments in sustainable development and the protection of lives and property,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told the meeting.

Press release

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