GFCS Newsletter No. 15
March - August 2015



JOIN THE TEAM: The GFCS Office is recruiting a Senior Programme Manager (P5)


The main responsibility of the Senior Programme Manager will be to design and lead the implementation of specific GFCS projects that address the priorities and gaps identified in the Implementation Plan of the GFCS in close collaboration with the appropriate WMO Secretariat Offices, technical departments and partner agencies. This shall include the development and implementation of approaches and methodologies for the effective implementation, monitoring and scaling-up of such pilot projects at national and regional levels

Key requirements:

  • Masters Degree in Meteorology, Hydrology or related natural sciences. A Ph.D. or equivalent would be an advantage.
  • At least 10 years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in the development of user-driven services.
  • A minimum of six years of experience working in an organization involved in the planning, coordination and implementation of collaborative efforts involving different disciplines and institutions.
  • Competency in any of the pillars  and/or priority areas of the GFCS.
  • Experience in conducting capacity development activities.

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Call for case studies on climate services in the South West Pacific - 2 November 2015

In collaboration with the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the WMO has called for case studies on climate services from the South Pacific Islands.

We are seeking case studies of existing initiatives in the Pacific highlighting good practices and lessons learnt that can demonstrate the process of how climate services across different sectors have evolved and the value of using such services to inform decision making. 

We invite you to share your experiences and call attention to the importance of climate services in supporting socio-economic development in the Pacific.

Deadline for submissions: 2 November 2015

For questions and submission: Please contact Mr. Salesa Nihmei 



Share your experiences

Credit: WMO-GFCS

Activities in climate services are now happening all around the world. The GFCS Office along with partners has been keen to capture these producing an ever growing series of videos. Examples span from the uses by fisherfolk in West Africa, to pastoralists in Tanzania to health specialists in the UK.

Do you have a story you would like to share with us in print, in video or online? Send us an email at We would be happy to promote it further.

One size does not fit all: Gender, equity and power considerations in the design of climate information services for farmers

Credit: CCAFS, Arame Tall

Do gender and privilege affect farmers’ abilities to receive and act on climate information services in rural farming communities? Based on findings from an ongoing project at CCAFS’ research site in Kaffrine, Senegal, the answer to this question is a resounding yes. 

With increasing climate variability and more frequent and severe droughts, floods, and intense storms, farmers in Africa are already at great risk to climate impacts, and this risk is only increasing. In order to address these risks, CCAFS is partnering with national meteorological agencies to provide tailored climate and weather forecasts for farmers, in the hopes of increasing their preparedness and ability to make informed management decisions.

CCAFS’ research highlighted that at the community level vulnerability to climate change is gender-specific, and that female farmers face specific needs when it comes to climate services, in terms of types, lead time and relevant communication channels needed to reach them with climate information. Therefore, if we are to address the needs of the +50%, gender-responsive climate information, communication methods, and adaptation strategies are needed.

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European Provision of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale

Credit: WFP/Giulio D’Adamo

The EU-funded EUPORIAS project (EUropean Provision Of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale) will enable the Government of Ethiopia, with the support of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), to integrate seasonal climate forecast into its national food security early warning system, known as LEAP (Livelihoods, Early Assessment and Protection).
LEAP uses crop and weather monitoring information to estimate the number of people projected to be in need of early assistance in the face of an impending drought. By integrating seasonal climate forecasts into LEAP, the EUPORIAS project will help increase the timeliness and accuracy of LEAP’s beneficiary projections, thus allowing quicker and better targeted provision of assistance to households.
With the support of the 24 partners of the EUPORIAS consortium, WFP is now consolidating the seasonal forecast prototype, defining mechanisms to integrate the seasonal forecasts within the Government of Ethiopia early warning mechanism, and developing a methodology to carry out a cost-benefit analysis on the impact of seasonal forecasting on emergency response.

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Satellite Assisted Pastoral Resource Management (SAPARM)

Credit: PCI/Mersha Tesfa

Through the SAPARM Initiative, Project Concern International, in partnership with World Food Programme and the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture is expanding the use of custom grazing maps developed using the Livelihoods, Early Assessment and Protection Initiative (LEAP) platform to help pastoralists make better migration decisions in the face of increasing drought risks.
Results are encouraging: pastoralists trust and use the vegetation maps, and the maps are effectively helping them reduce livestock losses. Some 78% of participating households in the project said they used the maps for migration decision-making and the majority identified the maps as their most important resource for decision-making. Moreover, there was a 47% drop in herd mortality.
Starting with only one community in the Afar region in Ethiopia in 2013, SAPARM is currently replicating the initiative in eight more communities in Ethiopia as well as expanding it to Tanzania thanks to funding from USAID and Google. Work on baselines in the new communities has just started.

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The rains are different now - encouraging a “climate smart” National Red Cross Society

Credit: Fernanda Baumhardt, Proplaneta

“The rains are different now. Twenty years ago we could plan for harvests. We knew what to expect.” These are the words of Olendimama Olendimama, a 35-year-old farmer from Ndaleta – a small community in Kiteto district, central Tanzania, south of Arusha. Pointing to the sky, he wonders about prospects for the current rainy season, and hopes for a return to the more reliable weather patterns of yesteryear. Now, facing the risk of drought, Olendimama and others in his community are intrigued by the idea of incorporating modern climate information into agricultural planning.
Through the GFCS Adaptation Programme in Africa, a multi-agency initiative aimed at improving climate service delivery in Tanzania and Malawi, the Climate Centre has been advising the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) on ways to incorporate climate information into decision-making by communities. A GFCS goal in Tanzania is to strengthen the relationship between the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) and national and district level decision-making bodies, as well as encouraging a “climate smart” National Society.

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Innovative flood warnings  for Bangladeshi weavers save millions

Credit: RIMES
Up to a third of the Bangladesh is under water during the monsoon season.  Weavers, like Lal Chand Miah, typically keep their handlooms on the ground, thus, receiving early warning information is an absolute necessity in order for them to prevent financial losses from damages due to floodwaters. Communities in Sirajganj use their mobile phones to receive oral flood warning messages from the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) as well as send water level observations to FFWC via SMS.  The latter makes them active participants in the flood early warning system, and not just recipients of forecasts and warnings.

Evaluation of this pilot project, led by Deltares in partnership with HKV Consultants with technical support from RIMES, revealed that forecast and warning messages reached about 30,000 people in Rajapur and Ghorjan Unions (about 45% of combined population) as direct and indirect recipients (through people who directly received the messages).  Of these, 80% were found to have understood the messages.  Recipients took appropriate actions in response to these messages such as moving livelihood assets to higher ground.

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Links to other newsletters

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology initiative COSPPac supports climate matters in the Pacific Islands. Their latest newsletter describes how the Vanuatu Meteorological Agency coped with the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam earlier this year; and presents some of the advances in the tools the programme developed. Subscribe to it

Do you have a newsletter that describes how you are supporting climate services around the world? Send us an email at and we’d be happy to promote it further.


Learning more about climate services


Learning about climate services has never been easier. The GFCS Office along with UNITAR, a key member and current chair of the GFCS Partner’s Advisory Committee, has developed an online learning platform about climate services, their development, dissemination ways and uses.

WMO and its Members provides a range of international courses about climate services, including: 

WMO is also assisting the University of Reading in further adapting their very successful ‘Statistics in Applied Climatology’ Course (SIAC online and face-to-face component) for a wider audience and also providing it in French.

The user community supports their constituencies such as when GFCS and WHO co-sponsored an intensive two week training at the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) in Brazil on Modelling Tools and Capacity Building in Climate and Public Health.

Upcoming Events


−28 Sept – 3 October, ClimHealth Africa 3rd Annual Meeting (WHO-hosted) Johannesburg, South Africa

−23-25 November (TBC), Regional Consultation on GFCS in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius        


−7-11 September - 1st National Stakeholder Consultation and National Climate Outlook Forum, Suriname (Dutch)

Asia & Pacific        

−2 & 3 September - 1st National Climate Outlook Forum, Kiribati (Tarawa Island)

−8-11 September - Central Asia GFCS Observation Workshop, Kyrgyzstan

−14-18 September - National Stakeholder Consultation and 2nd National Climate Outlook Forum, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

−12 - 16 October, 1st Pacific Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF), Suva - USP campus, Fiji

−19 - 21 October, 1st National Stakeholder Consultation and National Climate Outlook Forum, Bhutan

−28 & 29 October, Seventh Session of the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF-7), Chennai, India

−2 to 5 November  1st Africa/Middle East Expert Meeting and Workshop on the Health Impact of Airborne Dust, in Amman, Jordan

−17- 24 November, 1st National Climate Outlook Forum, Kiribati (Kiritimati Island)    


−7 & 8 October - 3rd National event on GFCS  Offenbach, Germany  (German speaking only)

−19 & 20 October - Regional Workshop on Climate Services for CIS NHMS, Sochi, Russia

- 26-28 October – 3rd Session of the IBCS Management Committee, Geneva, Switzerland

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