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29 March – Workshop

Working Together Regionally

Co-operation Framework of InterMET Asia, World Bank-GFDRR, Global Weather Enterprise Forum


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Presentation by Professor Dwikorita Karnawati, Director General, Agency for Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics of
Republic Indonesia (BMKG) on Socio-Entrepreneurial Strategy for scaling up the quality of meteorological services at BMKG Indonesia

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This GFDRR Workshop on the Global Weather Enterprise will focus on leveraging the engagement of the public, private and academic sectors through partnerships and other arrangements to improve and sustain the delivery of public services.

Facilitated by:

  • Dr. Vladimir Tsirkunov, Team Leader, GFDRR Weather and Climate Information for Decision Support (WCIDS) Program, World Bank
  • Dr. David Rogers, Consultant, World Bank
  • Dr. Makoto Suwa, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, GFDRR, World Bank

The workshop will be structured ‘World café style’ with tables of participants discussing specific issues around each table and reporting back in plenary mode. We anticipate strong participation from both private and public sectors and the issues to be addressed will include:

  • How would stronger working arrangements among public and private actors improve meteorological and hydrological services in your region or country from the perspective of the public and private sectors? What are the impediments?
  • There are many different models for the operation of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services including operating within an increasing number of national laws and regulations governing the provision of meteorological and hydrological services. Are there examples of good models and practice and if so, what are the benefits? Are they applicable to your country?
  • How could a code of conduct for both public and private service providers be formulated to improve the ability of private and public sectors to create sustainable services?
  • What more can be done by development partners and the WMO, as the body responsible for the welfare of the entire enterprise, to facilitate better working relations among the GWE actors – public, private and academic?
  • What would the benefits be of a regional co-operative approach? How could such an approach be structured?

Background to this Workshop:

The Global Weather Enterprise (GWE) encompasses the scientific research, technology, observations, modelling, forecasting, and forecast products that need to come together to provide accurate and reliable weather information and services that save lives, protects infrastructure, and enhance economic output. It is a value chain from weather observations to ultimately the creation of actionable analysis-and-forecast weather information of huge benefit to society. The GWE depends international co-operation, public-private engagement, and scientific and technological know-how. It has been a successful enterprise but one that has ever-increasing requirements for continual improvement as population density increases and climate change takes place so that the impacts of weather hazards can be mitigated as far as possible.

The GWE is undergoing significant change result from the growing need for more accurate and reliable weather information, advances coming from science and technology, and the expansion of private sector capabilities. These changes offer real opportunities for the GWE but also present a number of obstacles and risks that could, if not addressed, stifle this development, adversely impacting the societies it aims to serve.

Open and continuous dialogue among the GWE actors aims to improve understanding, build trust and create opportunities for cooperation. While the enterprise is global in nature, most of its activities are carried out within countries and within geographical regions.

The Workshop will address issues unique to the weather enterprise within Africa, Asia and the Pacific regions. It will focus on how public and private sector models work and explore ways these models can be used to improve public safety and economic performance. In particular, the Workshop will consider how to leverage the engagement of the private and public sectors through partnerships and other arrangements to improve and sustain the delivery of public services.

There are numerous ways NMHSs are organized and their relationships with the private sector are equally varied. The workshop will attempt to identify examples of good practice and highlight some of the difficulties that need to be addressed to improve the overall ability of the GWE to deliver on its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.