WMO commits to strengthening its agenda on operational hydrology

The WMO Hydrological Coordination Panel (HCP) adopted several key decisions and actions in support of the new WMO strategic priority on water at its virtual meeting on 23 to 26 November. A key outcome of the meeting was the agreement to finalize an Action Plan to support the WMO eight long-term ambitions related to operational hydrology in order to address the water challenge before it becomes a crisis.

The new Plan will include five action areas: floods, droughts and food security, science to operations, water resources are known to support sustainable operation and development, and Water quality. The Action Plan will be finalized and ready for adoption in January 2021 and for swift implementation thereafter.

Other key decisions:

  • Prioritize and support the development of regional implementation plans related to the Hydrological Status and Outlook System.  
  • The Water and Climate Coalition, which contributes to the Sustainable Development agenda, is now open to Members, the private sector and civil society. More activities and policy support will be developed in the coming months. A temporary website allows access to the Coalition.

Regulatory materials relevant for hydrology are currently being reviewed and will be published next year to include the newest technology and methodology.  

More detailed information on the Hydrological Coordination Panel and its work can be found here.

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