In accordance with the decisions taken by the Commission of Hydrology at its thirteenth session in November 2008 (XIII-CHy), by the Commission of Climatology during its fifteenth session in February 2010 (XV-CCl) and the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology in its fifteenth session in July 2010 (XV-CAgM) with the intent to increase synergy in WMO activities related to food and water under a variable and changing climate, a Joint Expert Group on Climate, Food and Water (JEG-CFW) was proposed. This group was formally established by WMO’s Executive Council at its Sixty-third session (EC-LXIII, Geneva, Switzerland, 6-8 June 2011) under draft Resolution 3/6 (EC-LXIII).
Dr Rodney Martinez, Ecuador (Co-Chair OPACE 4 of CCl), and
Dr Roger Pulwarty, USA
Mr Raymond Motha, USA (CAgM coordinator for the Global Framework for Climate
Services (GFCS)), and
Mr Simone Orlandini, Italy (Co-chair of OPAG 3 of CAgM)
Dr Jan Danhelka, Czech Republic (Chair OPACHE 4 of CHy), and
Dr Dasarath Jayasuriya, Australia
The Chair of the Expert Group is selected by the members. The Expert Group largely depends on the work of the various Open Panels of Experts and Open Programme Area Groups set up in each of the Technical Commissions. However, if required, other experts including from FAO, WFP and UNESCO, interalia, are invited. The representatives of Technical Commissions in this Expert Group report back to their respective Commissions on the progress of their joint activities.
Active interaction between the JEG-CFW and the EC Working Group on Climate and Related Weather, Water and Environmental Matters (ECWG-CWE) is facilitated through a focal point identified by ECWG-CWE from its members.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
(as per Draft Resolution 3/6 (EC-LXIII))
To oversee and coordinate the joint activities of CCl, CAgM and CHy with regard to climate, food and water applications related to climate variability, climate change adaptation and risk management, particularly in taking an integrated approach towards droughts and desertification issues;
To oversee the development and provision of guidance on the use of methods, tools and best practices for studying climate, food and water linkages in an integrated manner;
To promote and guide the establishment of effective linkages between the operational elements of climate service providers at the global, regional and national levels, and the corresponding decision support systems within the water and food sectors;
To recommend ways to improve the availability of data, and their integration, for CCl, CAgM and CHy climate, food and water studies;
To promote effective use of climate and hydrological information, associated with climate variability and change, in water resources management and food production;
To promote efforts to understand, quantify, and effectively communicate the associated uncertainty to users while delivering products and services;
To promote WMO’s closer working relations with FAO, WFP and UNESCO on climate, food and water issues;
To monitor the developments in international and national fora and the UN Conventions relevant to climate, food and water;
To maintain close interaction with the Executive Council Working Group on Climate and related Weather, Water and Environmental Matters (ECWG-CWE) through its Focal Point.