Development Partnerships

Development Partnerships

Closing the hydromet capacity gap through effective partnerships

According to the World Economic Forum 2019 Global Risks Report, the  top global risks are weather, climate and water related. Addressing these risks and the associated challenges requires bold and concerted efforts from governments, development partners and the private sector. WMO and its Members play a pivotal role in providing weather, climate, water and related environmental services that protect lives, property and livelihoods – known for short as “hydromet” services. Today, many developing countries  face major capacity constraints in providing such services as the foundation for resilient and sustainable development.

There is an urgent need to go beyond business as usual when it comes to  strengthening hydromet capacity in developing countries through effective partnerships. In June 2019, the World Meteorological Congress adopted a sweeping reform including a resolution to scale up effective partnerships for investments in sustainable and cost-efficient infrastructure and service delivery. This decision represents a milestone in the collaboration between WMO and development partners in supporting developing countries in closing the hydromet capacity gap by 2030. This will be achieved by:

  • Creating commitment
  • Providing WMO technical advice
  • Innovating finance
Creating commitment - Alliance for Hydromet Development

The WMO Strategic Plan 2020-2023 sets an ambitious goal – to close the capacity gap on weather, climate and water services between developed and developing countries. Scaling up effective partnerships is one of the Strategic Objectives to achieve this Goal

Providing WMO technical advice – Country Support Initiative

The CSI is a mechanism that will provide WMO advisory services to developing countries and development partners. It will harvest the expertise and knowledge from WMO Members and its vast institutional network. The CSI will provide technical support on developing, implementing and evaluating hydromet related projects. It will target in particular projects developed by entities accredited to the  Green Climate Fund, the Adaptation Fund and Global Environment Facility to ensure these contribute to strengthen national, regional and global hydrometeorological systems and capacity. 

Innovating finance – Systematic Observations Financing Facility

Local observations are important for local purposes, but they also contribute to the global public good. They enable weather forecasts, early warnings and climate analysis across the globe. Weather prediction for any location requires observations from the whole globe. Therefore, it is in all countries’ self-interest to ensure global coverage of observations for weather prediction and climate analysis.

Innovating finance – CREWS

Operational since 2016, the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems Initiative (CREWS) is a mechanism to generate and communicate effective, impact-based, multi-hazard, gender-informed early warnings to protect lives, livelihoods, and assets in Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. It is implemented with the support of 7 contributing partners and 3 implementing partners, including WMO. WMO hosts the Secretariat of the CREWS initiative. Over 30 countries have already benefited from CREWS and the initiative is expected to keep growing.