GFCS Newsletter No. 7
January – March 2013


1st Meeting of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services (July 1-5, 2013)

Members have been asked to submit nominations for the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services (find the letters here). The Board will hold its first meeting in the first week of July 2013 in Geneva. The main focus of the meeting  will be on defining the substructures and the way forward for the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services. Discussion will also revolve around the way Partner Agencies will be supporting GFCS through their governing bodies.

Resource Mobilization

The GFCS Trust Fund has received pledges of around 12 Million Swiss France by the end of 2012.  This year Norway has pledged additional 10 million to support climate services and food and nutrition security in Africa. This contribution will be used for programmes implemented by WMO and partner agencies, namely WHO and WFP.

New look of the website!

The GFCS Web pages have been revamped to facilitate navigation and accelerate access to relevant documents. New features include:
  • e sign-up form for the GFCS Newsletter
  • new pages on the GFCS Pilot Projects
  • photos, videos and other visual tools
  • all GFCS documents grouped under one header
We welcome your feedback on the changes!

GFCS at Events

Seminar on Climate Services in Norway

Progress in rolling out climate services to help the most vulnerable cope with our changing climate and improve water, agriculture, disaster and health management is the focus of a one day seminar in Norway.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, NORAD and Cicero Center for International Climate and Environmental Research are organizing the event 12 February ”Let’s talk about the weather – and start preparing for changes.”

This seminar is an important occasion to take stock of the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) to improve and expand climate services essential to cope with weather, climate and water-related hazards several of which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity as a result of climate change. 
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Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO are holding a 3-day workshop (26-28 February 2013, Offenbach, Germany) to consider the needs for observations for adaptation to climate variability and change. The workshop will consider observing system needs in a number of sectors, including agriculture and forestry, water resources management, health, coastal zone management, and energy production and transport.  The workshop will also consider institutional perspectives, risk management, research and modeling, and special topics, such as data rescue needs.

High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy 

Drought is widely recognized as a slow creeping natural hazard that occurs as a consequence of the natural climatic variability. In recent years, concern has grown world-wide that droughts may be increasing in frequency and severity given the changing climatic conditions. Responses to droughts in most parts of the world are generally reactive in terms of crisis management and are known to be untimely, poorly coordinated and disintegrated. Consequently, the economic, social and environmental impacts of droughts have increased significantly worldwide. Because of their long-term socio-economic impacts, droughts are by far the most damaging of all natural disasters.
>> find out more
E-book on Climate Services
Summary of the GFCS Implementation Plan
An information brochure on the Global Framework for Climate Service
Examples of benefits of Climate Services to the Water Communities.
Examples of benefits of Climate Services to the Health Community
Examples of benefits of Climate Services to the Agricultural Community
Examples of benefits of Climate Services to the DRR Community
General overview on GFCS
Atlas of Climate and Health
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