SPREP Meteorological Meeting Recommends Increased Climate Activities

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)12 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened the 14th meeting of the Regional Meteorological Services Directors (RMSD), which recommended that Meteorological Service Directors engage in other national climate change initiatives, in particular mitigation resource analysis, in order to contribute expertise and benefit from these new funding opportunities.

Key recommendations from the meeting, which convened from 9-12 August 2011, in Majuro, Marshal Islands, included that: new applications and technologies by several partners be made available by email distribution and websites; SPREP provide regular updates on developments relating to staffing support for the Pacific Desk, and enhance the visibility of its partnerships with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC); the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) prepare an information paper outlining its key achievements in the region in the past ten years and highlight the benefits that have accrued to the region as a result; and WMO strengthen resources of the sub-regional office.

During the RMSD meeting, participants agreed to simplify and clearly articulate the scope of the Pacific Meteorological Strategic plan. The meeting also proposed that further support be provided to implementing the outcomes and decisions of meetings of the RMSD. SPREP highlighted that Meteorological Offices in the region provide vital services, including: rainfall data that enables better prediction of floods and droughts; and information on climate change impacts that enables policy makers to make informed decisions on how to better adapt to such impacts. [IISD RS Sources] [SPREP Press Release]