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Regional Climate Centres Implementation in South-West Pacific

At the regional consultation meeting on climate services in Cook Islands in April 2014, the concept of a Regional Climate Centres (RCC) Network has been proposed to be implemented in the Regional Association V (South-West Pacific), and particularly for the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The Sixteenth Session of Regional Association V, in May 2014, provided an opportunity to discuss strategy for RCC implementation in the Region. The Association recommends to adopt the RCC-Network concept in RA V, and develop implementation plans for RCC-Networks for two sub-regions, namely South-East Asia and the Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

Several activities and services are delivered throughout the Pacific region of RA V and could form a basis to establish an RCC-Network.

Regional Climate Outlook Forums in RA V

The concept of RCOFs has been implemented for several years in the Pacific Islands region through online teleconferences offered under three separate arrangements: the Pacific ENSO Applications Climate (PEAC) Center Forum, the Island Climate Update (ICU) Forums, the Climate and Oceans Services Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) Online Climate Outlook Forum (OCOF). Furthermore, the Inaugural Session of the face-to-face Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF) was held in October 2015, in Suva, Fiji.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Sub-Committee on Meteorology and Geophysics comprising the National Meteorological Services of ASEAN member countries endorsed ASEAN Climate Outlook Forum (ASEANCOF) in July 2013, an RCOF cutting accross two WMO Regional Associations, RA II and RA V.

 

 

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