OECS Commission observes Meteorological Day

OECS Commission observes Meteorological Day

OECS Media Release

Friday, March 23, 2018 — World Meteorological Day is celebrated annually on March 23 to commemorate the entry into force in 1950 of the convention that created the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The day also highlights the huge contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society (1).  This year, World Meteorological Day will be celebrated under the theme “Weather-ready, Climate-smart.”

The world’s growing population faces a myriad of hazards such as tropical cyclone storm surges, heavy rains, heatwaves and droughts among others.  With climate change, weather events are becoming more extreme and more frequent. Urbanisation further exposes populations and makes them more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.  Consequently, we need to be weather-ready, climate-smart and water-wise.

Among the priorities of the WMO and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) is to protect lives, livelihoods and property from the weather-related risks, climate and water-related events. This work therefore supports that 2030 agenda for sustainable development which includes climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

Specifically, the WMO and National Meteorological Services offer services such as daily weather forecasts and longer-term climate predictions to assist society with being weather ready and climate smart.  In addition, to be water-wise, National Hydrological Services play a role in the management of fresh water resources for agriculture, industry, energy and human consumption.

Moreover, early warning systems (EWS) and other disaster risk reduction measures play a critical role in building the resilience of our communities.  Further, hydrological monitoring increases our understanding of the water cycle and therefore supports water management. All of these weather and climate-related services can contribute to making informed decisions regarding climate change mitigation and adaptation.

(1): http://www.greeningtheblue.org

Sources: World Meteorological Organization , Weather Ready Climate Smart   

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Message on the occasion of World Meteorological Day 2018 (English)

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Norma Cherry-Fevrier

Programme Officer, Social & Environmental Development Division

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

E. Crispin d'AUVERGNE

Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management Coordinator,Social & Environmental Development Division

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States