Regional Workshop Programme
One of the major thrusts of the Global Climate Observing System Secretariat was the realization of its Regional Workshop Programme. This Programme, launched in 2000 following an invitation from the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in November 1999, comprised workshops and follow-up meetings in ten developing regions. The central goal of the GCOS Regional Workshop Programme was to initiate processes in developing regions that would lead to real, substantial, and lasting improvements in global climate observing systems. The specific objectives for each workshop were:
- to assess the contribution of each region to GCOS baseline networks;
- to help participants understand guidelines for reporting on systematic observations to the UNFCCC;
- to identify national and regional needs and deficiencies for climate data, including needs for assessing climate impacts, conducting vulnerability analyses, and undertaking adaptation studies; and
- to initiate the development of a Regional Action Plan for improving climate observing systems.
GCOS has now completed all ten regional workshops in the Programme and all associated Action Plan development meetings.
Final Report of the GCOS Regional Workshop Programme: GCOS-111B