CREWS Pacific SIDS 2.0 is the second regional CREWS Project in the Pacific. This project is an extension of the CREWS Pacific SIDS project (2017-2021) and aims to upscale its efforts in the Pacific Region. CREWS Pacific SIDS 2.0 seeks to strengthen existing early warning systems that are part of the region’s stronger and more comprehensive human security and resilience agenda.
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A new project, Strengthening Hydro-Meteorological Early Warning Systems in the Pacific, has been launched with funding from the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems Initiative (CREWS). It will enhance the effectiveness and inclusiveness of Regional Early Warning Systems (EWS) for local and vulnerable populations in Pacific Islands, improving early warning capabilities of national and regional hydro-meteorological centers and strengthening existing governance structures.
A five-day World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Workshop on Impact-Based Forecast and Warning System (IBFWS) was organized in Honiara, Solomon Islands. The training workshop is funded through the Climate Risk Early Warning System (CREWS) fund for the South East Asia and Pacific Small Islands States, and is a follow-up from the regional IBFWS Workshop for the Pacific Small Island Developing States of WMO RA V, which was conducted in September 2019. This Workshop is the initiative of the Solomon Islands Government, suported by WMO. It is attended by over 30 particpants from Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) and stakeholder organizations.
The Solomon Islands has six major Islands and over 900 smaller islands. More than 75% of the population live in the rural areas, mostly around the coast. Surrounded by ocean, most of the rural dwellers use small crafts to travel from island to island within the country. Nevertheless, this means of transport has caused accidents and loss of lives and is a great concern. As one of the responsible authorities for the safety and well-being of ocean goers, the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) has introduced Ocean Services into its portfolio and seek to provide services that will be essential to aid small crafts & vessel travellers.
The Sixth Pacific Island Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF) ushered in a new era for the forum, which brings together representatives of Pacific National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), regional partners and global climate centres to ensure consistency in the access to and the interpretation of climate information for the Pacific and the implications for critical sectors.
Low-lying islands in the South-west Pacific Ocean are counting the human and economic toll of Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold, which destroyed key infrastructure and highlighted the challenges of disaster and public health management in the COVID-19 era. At its peak, Harold was the equivalent of a Category 5 level hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.