Capacity development

Capacity development

WMO assists in the capacity development of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services by developing and improving human resource as well as technical and institutional capacities and infrastructure, particularly in developing, least developed and small island developing states and territories.

The range of WMO capacity development activities includes support to countries for framing national legislation covering weather, water and climate activities through compliance with WMO regulations, education and training, demonstration projects, regional support, research, development partnerships and appropriate institutional arrangements.

The WMO Capacity Development Strategy aims to assist Member States and Territories by:

  • Identifying the services they required from their National Meteorological and Hydrological Services as well as the capacity gaps which limit the delivery of such services,
  • Addressing gaps in their National Meteorological and Hydrological Services’ ability to comply with WMO Technical Regulations,
  • Formulating national plans, project/programme or proposals for capacity development and seeking support for their implementation,
  • Exchanging information on the needs of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and coordinating assistance from other Members and development partners,
  • Developing and implementing regional and national capacity development projects, especially those which serve to demonstrate socio-economic benefits, innovative approaches and technologies with scientific and technical support to ensure projects and national development activities are in line with WMO Standards,
  • Advocating for external and internal support,
  • Promoting international cooperation with development partners and regional and international organizations and
  • Building the skills of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services staff.
Resource mobilisation

Resource Mobilization and Development Partnerships

WMO coordinates efforts to identify investment mechanisms and partnership opportunities for development of weather and climate services. Read more...


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Project Management and Coordination

WWMO coordinates projects across scientific, technical and regional offices with donors and beneficiary countries. The Organization builds and maintains relationships with the donors that providing funding and other types of contributions for projects. It also creates visibility for and raises awareness of project achievements and donor engagements in those projects. WMO projects are aimed at meeting national, regional and global goals and objectives set by Members. Read more...



Regional Offices

They are responsible, together with WMO scientific and technical departments and partners, for the imp

Education and training

Education and training is offered to assists National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in developing and delivering the weather, climate and water-related services required for the safety and well-being of their populations and to become full partners in global collaborative efforts. This work centres mainly on the development of human resources.