Terms of Reference RA II
Terms of Reference of WG-IOS/WIS
(a) To monitor the development and implementation of observing systems of WMO Programmes and co-sponsored Programmes and of the WMO Information System in the Region; promote active involvement of Members of the Region in the implementation of these systems and advise on possible improvements, actions and priorities, especially for overcoming gaps and inconsistencies in the relevant programmes’ implementation;
(b) To develop proposals for further development and enhancement of improved access to WMO and co-sponsored observing systems, including regional WIGOS Demonstration and Pilot Projects, coordinate respective regional activities and advise on related regional aspects;
(c) To develop proposals for the regional development and implementation of the WMO Information System, with special attention to the GTS for time-critical and operation-critical data exchange of all WMO Programmes and giving highest priority to overcoming the persisting shortcomings, including relevant components in support of WIGOS Demonstration and Pilot Projects, coordinate respective regional activities and advise on related regional aspects;
(d) To advise the president of the Association on all matters concerning the implementation of WMO Programmes and co-sponsored Programmes relevant to WMO observing systems, co-sponsored observing systems and WMO Information System in the Region;
(e) To provide the president of the regional association with recommendations for presentation under appropriate agenda items in sessions of technical commissions, joint sessions of the presidents of technical commissions and presidents of regional associations, and the Executive Council.
Terms of Reference of SG-IOS
(i) To monitor the progress made in the implementation and operation of the GOS in the Region and advise on possible improvements and priorities for appropriate actions to be carried out under the respective WMO Programmes and co-sponsored Programmes and the need for external support, where required;
(ii) To keep abreast of new developments in WMO observing systems and co-sponsored systems and to make recommendations for their implementation in the Region;
(iii) To provide guidance to Members of the Region in capacity building on information and outreach relevant to improving WMO observing systems and WIS;
(iv) To promote active involvement of Members of the Region in regional WMO Space Programme implementation in particular as concerns user information, access and use of satellite data and products;
(v) To advise the president of the Association and the Chairperson of the Working Group on proposed composition and changes to the RBSN and RBCN;
(vi) To act as lead for the regional association, working with Members, to maintain regulatory material related to observations (including Manual on the Global Observing System (WMO-No. 544) and Volume A - Observing Stations (WMO-No. 9) related to the Region;
(vii) To coordinate relevant activities with the regional groupings involved in observations to ensure consistency of approach and integration in respect of observing networks, procedures and monitoring.
Terms of Reference of SG-WIS
(i) To monitor the progress made in the implementation and operation of WIS in the Region and advise on possible improvements and priorities for appropriate actions to be carried out under the respective WMO Programmes and co-sponsored Programmes and the need for external support, where required;
(ii) To keep abreast of new developments in WIS, promote the relevant WIS support to all WMO programmes, and make recommendations, in compliance with WMO WIS guidance and regulations (including the Manual on the GTS) for WIS implementation in the Region as regards communication techniques, communication structure, data management, data and metadata representation and relevant monitoring activities;
(iii) To keep under constant review the Regional Meteorological Telecommunication Network and its implementation, as the WIS component for time-critical and operation-critical exchange, identify shortcomings and recommend appropriate measures for remedial action in the Region;
(iv) To provide guidance to Members of the Region in capacity building for information and outreach relevant to improving WIS;
(v) To monitor the implementation and operation of the Integrated Global Data Dissemination System (IGDDS) as a WIS component in the Region and advise on possible difficulties or opportunities for appropriate actions to be carried out in this respect.
Terms of Reference of WGCAA
a) To provide assistance and advice to the president of RA II on all matters pertaining to the regional aspects of the relevant components of the World Climate Programme (WCP) and the Agricultural Meteorology Programme (AMP);
b) To identify the best means of meeting the needs in the Region for information on climate and agrometeorology;
c) To undertake activities relating to WCP and AMP as listed in items (2) and (3) below (respectively);
d) To cooperate with CCl and CAgM and other WMO bodies on activities related to climate services, adaptation and agrometeorology;
e) To seek cooperation with other regional bodies and organizations on issues related to WCP and AMP.
Terms of Reference of WGH
(a) To provide assistance and advice to the president of the Association on all questions pertaining to the regional aspects of the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP);
(b) To identify the best means of meeting the hydrological needs in the Region;
(c) To undertake activities relating to the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme as listed in item (2) below;
(d) To cooperate with CHy and other WMO bodies on projects related to hydrology and water resources;
(e) To seek cooperation with other regional bodies and organizations on issues related to the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme.
Terms of Reference of WGDRS
(a) To ensure that RA II Members address societal issues as expressed in the UN Millennium Development Goals, including sustainable development and poverty alleviation in its service delivery;
(b) To provide guidance to RA II Members, on strengthening partnerships at national to international levels between providers of weather-, climate- and water-related products and services and users (customers) in the public and private sectors; the media; academia; social and economic sciences; international and intergovernmental agencies; NGO’s, etc.;
(c) To provide guidance to RA II Members in capacity building for information and outreach relevant to improving service delivery;
(d) To recommend strategies and priorities for research and development as well as infrastructure relevant to and enabling effective service delivery in the Region;
(e) To assess the effectiveness of programmes in improving services down to the end-user level, and advise on corrective steps where necessary.
Terms of Reference of WGDRS-DRR
(i) To consider natural disaster prevention and mitigation problems within the context of the specific characteristics and needs of the Region and then make recommendations and contribute to the preparation of appropriate and targeted regional plans of action;
(ii) To identify and evaluate best practices at regional level on policy and activities related to natural disaster prevention and mitigation;
(iii) To coordinate the exchange of information on current best practices at regional and sub-regional level with the respective network of focal points in natural disasters;
(iv) To propose/review regional contingency plans in case of emergencies and disasters;
(v) To evaluate the necessity and priorities on capacity-building at regional level and propose adequate actions;
(vi) To develop plans for disaster risk reduction in respect of climate change, hydrology, and nowcasting and early warning;
(vii) To propose mechanisms to coordinate its actions with other regional teams working in natural disaster prevention and mitigation, including tropical cyclone committees, networks of focal points, climate applications and services, etc.;
(viii) To take actions on matters related to disaster risk reduction assigned by the Chairperson of WGDRS.
Terms of Reference of WGDRS-SD
(i) To continuously review and seek further development in the implementation of marine meteorological and oceanographic services and marine observing systems, public weather services, and numerical weather prediction in Region II;
(ii) To take actions on matters related to marine meteorological and oceanographic services, public weather services, and numerical weather prediction assigned by the Chairman of WGDRS;
(iii) To advise the Chairperson of WGDRS on matters relating to formulation, presentation and dissemination of forecasts and warnings and establishing good relations with the media and the private sector;
(iv) To keep under review, in coordination with WG-IOS/WIS, aspects relating to exchange and coordination of hazardous weather information among neighboring countries;
(v) To establish the requirements of RA II Members regarding specific NWP products, to encourage cooperation between centre(s) providing products that are required to support and improve operations, and the recipient Members, and to organize assistance, including training, to Members in accessing and utilizing newly emerging products (such as those from ensemble systems);
(vi) To coordinate, encourage and facilitate the participation of NMSs and academia in RA II in the Asian THORPEX Regional Committee, to keep the Association informed on THORPEX activities in the Region in accordance with the THORPEX International Science Plan and the THORPEX International Research Implementation Plan, and to advise and promote within the Region an exchange of information and publications relating to THORPEX activities;
(vii) To keep under review education and training requirements related to service delivery;
(viii) To liaise with the appropriate JCOMM subsidiary bodies, in particular within the Capacity-Building Programme Area, on specific matters concerning RA II.
(i) To review and advise on operational data and product requirements of countries in RA II in the context of the AeMP keeping close liaison with the relevant regional ICAO groups;
(ii) To review the status of the development and implementation of the AeMP in the Region, including observing, nowcasting and warning systems in the terminal area, aircraft data collection, and services provided under the World Area Forecast System (WAFS), and to formulate proposals through the WMO Secretariat and CAeM Management Group to the appropriate International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) bodies for its future development and implementation;
(iii) To promote capacity-building activities related to the AeMP within the Region, in particular the development and implementation of AeM related pilot projects to assist NMSs of developing countries in delivering AeM services, in particular SIGMET, TAF and flight documentation;
(iv) To liaise with the WMO AMDAR programme on the development of national and regional programmes;
(v) To foster closer relationship and partnership between NMSs and aviation stakeholders within the Region with a view to study and understand the new and evolving user requirements on AeM services;
(vi) To develop a regional strategy on the provision of new AeM services in support of Air Traffic Management (ATM) with particular reference to the NexGen and SESAR developments and the international trend of increasing centralization of air navigation services;
(vii) To monitor progress and facilitate implementation of Quality Management Systems for provision of AeM Services and requirements specified in WMO No.258 Supplement 1 by NMSs, and to identify training requirements to assist NMSs in their implementation;
(viii) To liaise by correspondence with CAeM Management Group and relevant Expert Teams and the ICAO Planning and Implementation Regional Group through their respective secretariats on specific regional matters;
(ix) To provide advice to the Chairperson of WGDRS on aeronautical meteorology matters and to take actions in this regard.
Terms of Reference of MG
(a) To review matters related to the work of the Association, in particular, on matters requiring actions which cannot wait the next regular session of the Association;
(b) To plan and coordinate the work of the Association and its subsidiary bodies;
(c) To review the structure and work of the subsidiary bodies of the Association, including advice on the implementation of their recommendations and taking into account financial and other resources needed in the work of these bodies;
(d) To coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Enhancement of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in RA II (Asia), and to provide the Region’s contribution to the WMO Strategic Plan;
(e) To assess and evaluate the implementation of activities of RA II as per the WMO Strategic Plan;
(f) To review the requirements and priorities of training and other events to be organized in the Region;
(g) To address ways and means of capacity building of Members NMHSs in the Region for the implementation of WMO Programmes and activities;
(h) To address other issues not covered by working groups, including strengthening of strategic partnerships with regional organizations.
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