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World Bank-GFDRR Special Sessions

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a global partnership, hosted by the World Bank, that helps developing countries better understand and reduce their vulnerabilities to natural hazards and adapt to climate change. Working with over 400 local, national, regional, and international partners, GFDRR provides grant financing, technical assistance, training and knowledge sharing activities to mainstream disaster and climate risk management in policies and strategies. Managed by the World Bank, GFDRR is supported by 34 countries and 9 international organizations.

The World Bank – GFDRR Special Sessions at InterMET Asia 2017 will provide a forum for discussion of issues relating to the role of, and co-operation between, the public and private sectors in meteorology. This includes the provision of forecasting services, overcoming the obstacles and realising the opportunities of public-private sector co-operation.

These issues will be discussed with particular reference to how they might be relevant to, and impact, developing countries.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Recent developments in the public and private sectors in meteorology; including in (i) science and technology as well as in forecasting services, and (ii) the relationship between key operational service agents such as national met agencies, private sector providers, donor agencies and the WMO.
  • Ways in which better public-private sector collaboration could benefit the global weather enterprise
  • Obstacles that exist now or in the future that might get in the way of beneficial collaboration and partnerships
  • Ways to overcome the obstacles and enable society to capitalize on the capacity and capabilities of the public and private sectors to sustain, strengthen and build the overall global weather enterprise
  • Changing the public and private sector perceptions of each other; including the role of the WMO in facilitating this change
  • Mechanisms for partnership including the role of better regulation, legislation and clarity in the respective roles and responsibilities of the public and private sectors; opportunities for a global regulatory framework for the provision of met services and the implications for providers, donor agencies and the WMO.
  • Particular issues that have to be addressed in the developing world regarding the impacts of the enlarging role for the private sector and of increasing public-private sector cooperation.

Deliverables from the Special Sessions:

The main deliverable is a Report & Recommendations for GFDRR to consider in its cooperative working relations with WMO, NMHSs and the private sector. In particular, it will provide input from NMHSs into a proposed global forum or summit on public-private sector provision of forecasting services. This was first discussed at the WMO Executive Council in June 2016 and is being considered for 2018 under the auspices of the WMO.

Wednesday 22 March

SESSION 1. Setting the scene: Overviews from key stakeholder groups

Chair: Dr. Makoto Suwa, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, GFDRR, The World Bank

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International perspective, by Dimitar Ivanov, Chief, Aeronautical Meteorology Division, World Meteorological Organisation

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National Met Service perspective by Dr. Amos Makarau, Director, Zimbabwe Meteorological Services Department

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Scientific & academic perspective by Professor Alan J. Thorpe, Visiting Professor at Reading University, Former D-G of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)

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International development perspective, by Benjamin Larroquette, Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP-Global Environment Finance

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Private sector perspective by Dr. Neil Jacobs, Chief Atmospheric Scientist, Panasonic Weather Solutions, Panasonic Avionics Corporation

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National Met Service perspective by Dr. Laxman Singh Rathore, former D-G, India Meteorological Department

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National Met Service perspective by Dr. Michael Staudinger, Director General, ZAMG (Austria)

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Thursday 23 March

SESSION 2. Opportunities for public-private sector engagement: in both the developed and developing world

Panel discussion with audience participation.

Participants comprised representatives of private and public sectors and developing and developed countries. The discussion focused on the ‘opportunities’ for engagement at each stage of the value chain – from data acquisition, processing and value adding through to its actual use in practice. The role of institutional and legal influences will also be taken into account.

Private Sector Panel
Marc Lemmond, Senior Manager for Public Private Partnerships, The Weather Company
Dr. Neil Jacobs, Chief Atmospheric Scientist, Panasonic Weather Solutions, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Dr. Marcel Marchand, NUSDeltares

Public Sector Panel:
Abu Saleh Khan, PEng., Deputy Executive Director (Operations), Institute of Water Modelling, Bangladesh
Avner Furshpan, Director of Climatology, Israel Meteorological Service
Dr. Michael Staudinger, Director General, ZAMG (Austria)

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SESSION 3. Obstacles to public-private sector engagement and ways to overcome them: In both the developed and developing world

Participants comprised representatives of private and public sectors and developing and developed countries. The discussion focused on the ‘obstacles’ for engagement at each stage of the value chain – from data acquisition, processing and value adding through to its actual use in practice. The role of institutional and legal influences will also be taken into account.

Chair: Dimitar Ivanov, Chief, Aeronautical Meteorology Division, World Meteorological Organisation
Private Sector Panel    Public Sector Panel

Brian Day, Chairman, HMEI and President/CEO, Campbell Scientific (Canada) Corp.
Peter Platzer, CEO, Spire Global Inc.
Jon Porter, Vice President, Research and Development, Accuweather

Public Sector Panel
Peter Lennox, CEO, Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd.
Dr. Will Lang, Chief Meteorologist, UK Met Office
Dr. Jin Ho Yoo, Climate Prediction Team Leader, APEC Climate Centre, Busan, South Korea

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SESSION 4. Bringing it all together: The next steps in developing public-private sector co-operation

Chair: Dr. David Rogers, Consultant World Bank Group;  Chairman Health & Climate Foundation

Round table session featuring:

  • Dimitar Ivanov, Chief, Aeronautical Meteorology Division, World Meteorological Organisation
  • Dr. Neil Jacobs, Chief Atmospheric Scientist, Panasonic Weather Solutions, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Peter Lennox, CEO, Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd.
  • Benjamin Larroquette, Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP-Global Environment Finance
  • Dr. Amos Makarau, Director, Zimbabwe Meteorological Services Department
  • Dr. Laxman Singh Rathore, former D-G, India Meteorological Department
  • Dr. Michael Staudinger, Director General, ZAMG (Austria)
  • Professor Alan Thorpe, Visiting Professor at Reading University, Former D-G of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
  • Dr. Makoto Suwa, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, GFDRR, The World Bank

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SESSION 5: Wrap up

Summary and presentation of main conclusions which post show are worked up into a paper for presentation to the proposed global forum or summit

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