GFCS Newsletter No. 8
April - June 2013


1st Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services (IBCS),Geneva, 1-5 July 2013 

More than 100 WMO Members have made their nominations to the Board and over 300 participants are expected to take part in the event. The Board will elect its Chair and Vice-Chair, and decide on its substructure arrangements, on projects to be carried out in the next two years and on a robust funding scheme. Following the success of the “Dialogue” at the World Meteorological Congress Extraordinary Session 2012, a similar, one-day event is planned to precede IBCS on 1 July. The intent is to stimulate discussion on the operational challenges in delivering and using climate services. 


Resource Mobilization

Country Amount (CHF)
Australia 484,000
Canada 5,796,000
China 200,000
Finland 61,700
Hong Kong, China 9,520
India 118,000
Ireland 488,400
Norway 18,885,000
Republic of Korea 126,368
Switzerland 950,000
UK 350,000
Total 27,118,638
The GFCS Trust Fund had received effective contributions amounting to some Swiss Francs (CHF) 13 million by mid 2013 and pledges amounting to CHF 27 million.  The GFCS Office would like to recognize and thank Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong China, India, Iran, Switzerland and the United Kingdom for funding the 1st IBCS.  A special pledge of AUD 500,000 was also made by Australia in support of data rescue activities in the Pacific region. 

Regional Workshop in the Caribbean

In late May 2013 regional stakeholders of the Caribbean came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to implementing climate services in the region. Roughly 100 participants attended this meeting, an overwhelming majority from the non-meteorological communities. The participants collectively agreed on a common way forward, which includes national consultations for Belize and the Dominican Republic, the need to promote research to improve understanding of the factors influencing predictability on seasonal time scales in the region and the need to support CIMH as a regional climate centre. 

GFCS Pilot Project in Chad

In mid May Chad was the fourth West African country to undertake a 4-day workshop defining the way forward on climate services at the national level. This workshop brought together key stakeholders and the meteorological community to discuss the 4 GFCS priority areas. A clear roadmap was defined for the collaborative activities ahead, from simple actions such as the provision of data in usable formats to partner entities to more challenging ones such as to increase in the number of trained meteorological  personnel. 

National initiatives

As the GFCS progresses countries have initiated processes to better deliver climate services to their citizens. One such way is the creation of Frameworks for Climate Services at the National Level mimicking the interdisciplinary relationships that are occurring at the global level. 
In April 2013 Nigeria launched their Framework, with the UK following in June of the same year. Other countries have formulated roadmaps for the delivery of the framework, such as in the case of the pilot project countries Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Chad in 2012 and early 2013. Again others are planning on delivering national stakeholder meetings, such as Germany (July 2013), South Africa (September 2013) and Spain to assess the status of climate services capacities and needs. 

GFCS at International Events

Side event at 4th UNISDR GPDRR on: Benefits of Climate Services for Managing Disaster Risk for Sustainable Growth
The event was co-organized by WMO, WHO, UNDP, FAO, World Bank, the Associated Programme on Flood Management (AFPM), UN-ISDR and el Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Fenómeno de El Niño (CIIFEN). Some 100 participants discussed the importance of climate services to areas as diverse as risk assessment, early warning systems, sectoral planning,risk management and disaster risk financing and insurance markets.  All panelists gave the GFCS strong support and many queries around climate services arose in the packed room.
Side event at UNFCCC SBSTA 38 on: Early implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)
The event brought together two levels of stakeholders – service providers and user communities – to discuss and exchange views on potentials, gaps and benefits of climate observation, research and adaptation to climate variability and change, particularly in the areas of health, water management, disaster risk reduction, and agriculture and food security. GFCS was highlighted on various occasions throughout SBSTA. It featured prominently in the Workshop under the Structured Expert Dialogue of the 2013-15 Review. WMO highlighted the changes in extreme weather and climate events that are a direct consequence of our changing climate. Observations were stressed as essential for policy-makers, and the need to documented changes so that they can be used effectively in policy decisions.

Documentation IBCS-1
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
Examples of benefits of Climate Services to the DRR Community
General overview on GFCS
Atlas of Climate and Health
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