The Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) holds its second bi-annual meeting from 1 to 5 July 2013 to review progress and challenges in providing weather and climate and water services to meet the growing needs of the Pacific islands’ communities. The theme of the meeting is “Strengthening the Resilience and Security of Pacific Communities through an Integrated Approach to Weather, Climate and Water Risks”.
The meeting will discuss future priorities and operations; including implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services which is rolling out climate services to help countries cope with climate change and variability. The Pacific Islands are particularly impacted by rising sea levels caused by climate change, with the associated risk of storm surges and coastal inundation. The islands have also been affected by drought, flooding and the ravages of Tropical Cyclone Evan in recent months.
The meeting is meant to serve as a catalyst for focusing the attention of governments, development partners, and regional organizations in the Pacific, on the fundamental role played by National Meteorological Services in protecting life and property. They have an essential role in building resilience through monitoring, providing warnings and collaborating with key partners to disseminate information to communities both during events and to prepare for impending hazards related to weather, water, and climate risks.
Given the need for an integrated and coordinated approach to build resilience at regional, national and community level, the meeting will therefore discuss how to strengthen coordination between the National Meteorological Services, National Hydrological Services and National Disaster Management Offices in early warning systems. Other items on the agenda include implementation the WMO Information System (WIS) and WMO Integrated Observing System (WIGOS), in the Pacific islands region.
The Pacific Meteorological Council is a specialized subsidiary of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), provides policy relevant advice to the SPREP Officials Meeting on the needs and priorities of SPREP’s members countries and territories in relation to meteorology and related environmental fields.
The 2013 PMC meeting is co-sponsored by the WMO, SPREP, Australian Aid, Australian Government (Bureau of Meteorology; Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Sciences, Research and Tertiary Education; and AusAid), The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).