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RCC Implementation in South America

At the fifteenth session of RA III (September 2010), discussions were held on the establishment of three RCC/RCC-Network structures to cater the needs of the northern, southern and western sub-regions of South America. The Association welcomed the initiatives undertaken by CIIFEN for its designation as an RCC for the sub-region of Western South America, and encouraged Members to support CIIFEN´s efforts. The Association also welcomed the offers of Brazil, in collaboration with French Guyana, and Argentina in collaboration with Brazil, to establish RCCs to serve sub-regions of Northern and Southern South America, respectively. CIIFEN works closely with WMO and has been providing regional climate information products:

Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Fenómeno de El Niño (CIIFEN)
Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Domain: Eastern and Southern South America

In April 2011, WMO organized a Consultation Meeting on Implementation of RCCs in South America with representatives of potential RCC candidates as identified by XV-RA III. The Meeting agreed on the way forward to establish three RCCs in RA III: CIIFEN to serve as an RCC for Western South America; Brazil and French Guyana to set up an RCC-Network for Northern South America; and Argentina and Brazil to set up an RCC-Network for Southern South America. The meeting further decided to first establish appropriate governance structures involving the stakeholder countries, to guide the implementation process. Implementation plans for the demonstration phases of the RCC/RCC-networks in RA III are expected to be developed by January 2012.

Regional Climate Outlook Forums in RA III

Two RCOFs, namely Western Coast of South America Climate Outlook Forum (WCSACOF) and Southeast of South America Climate Outlook Forum (SSACOF), have sustained their operations for more than a decade in RA III.

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