The World Meteorological Organization and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature have agreed to boost cooperation in developing and improving climatic information and services for the worldwide nature conservation community.
Through this new Memorandum of Understanding, the two organizations want to encourage collaboration on projects of mutual interest under the umbrella of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) – a WMO-spearheaded international initiative to strengthen the provision and uptake of user-friendly climate services to help in risk management and climate change adaptation.
Implementing an end-to-end climate service will require unprecedented cross-sectoral collaboration and a global mobilization of effort. No single government or agency has the necessary resources to address all the challenges on its own. The philosophy behind the GFCS _ which embraces many organizations _ is that all relevant stakeholders need to leverage their limited technical, scientific and financial resources by partnering with other organizations and communities.
Specifically, WMO acknowledges that IUCN experts and collaborators require better climate services and products to account for current and future climate in support of their work in the planning, design, and operation of conservation-of-nature-related activities.
The MoU recognizes that the WMO and IUCN share mutual goals of, inter alia, disaster risk reduction, poverty alleviation, improved health, effective climate change adaptation and sustainability. It was signed by WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud and IUCN Director-General Julia Marton-Lefèvre.