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Annual Session Agenda


  • November 1, 2021
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Day 4 : 18 November 2021

Session 6

05:00 AM to 06:40 AM (UTC)
(Session Duration: 1.5 hours)

Regional partnerships for improved weather and climate services in South Asia

Significant efforts have been made to improve weather and climate services in South Asia mostly through national investments. These have been essential to build the capability to exploit scientific and technological advances to deliver a wide range of services demanded by users. However, these demands are growing as the weather and climate impacts societies more and as scientific and technical knowhow increases. This has reached a point where the capacity of countries to produce these services is no longer possible if they continue to act alone. While data and information sharing has always been a hallmark of meteorological services, the volume of data and the technical knowledge to interpret information is a limiting factor in the performance of many national meteorological services. Observational networks, computing resources and technical skills are shared needs of all countries. South Asia regional investment in shared facilities would provide a cost-effective means to exploit the best science and technology and complement continuing national investments focused on tailoring services to a country’s specific needs. This has been well demonstrated in Europe through organizations such as ECMWF, EUMETSAT and EUMETNET. By pooling resources, all countries have equal access to very high level of shared skills that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive or unavailable.

This session considers the opportunities (and obstacles) for regional investments in weather and climate infrastructure that would have the potential to increase significantly the value of direct investments in national meteorological services.

Session Chair

Mr. Abhas Jha, Practice Manager, Climate Change
Disaster Risk Management, World Bank South Asia Region

Regional investments in Hydromet: Southeast Europe showcase, World Bank

Panel Discussion: Regional approach and investments for strengthening hydromet services in SAR

Moderated by Mr. Abhas Jha, World Bank
  • UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO): Ms. Archana Shukla, Senior Programme Manager, Asia Regional Team
  • Green Climate Fund (GCF): Mr. Joseph Intsiful, Senior Climate Information and Early Warning Systems Specialist
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA): Dr Masahito Ishihara, Senior Advisor on Meteorological Sector
  • US Agency for International Development (USAID): Dr. Michael Ernst, Support Relief Group (SRG) Senior DRR/Hydro-Meteorological Hazards Advisor, Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB): Mr. Steven Goldfinch, DRR Specialist
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP): Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction UN Economic and Social Commission
  • UK Meteorological Office (UKMO): Mr. David Corbelli, Senior International Development Manager, ARRCC program Q&A session



Closing Session

06:40 AM to 07:40 AM (UTC)
(Session Duration: 1 hours)

Feedback and comments from participants

  • Feedbacks from participants by Mr. Ramraj Narasimhan, RIMES and discussion moderated by Dr. K. J. Ramesh, RIMES and Dr. Alice Soares, World Bank

SAHF III Way forward

  • Way forward by Ms. Arati Belle, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank
  • Way forward by Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Chair, Executive Council, South Asia Hydromet Forum & DG, IMD
  • Way forward by Mr. A.R. Subbiah, Director, RIMES
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