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Regional Climate Centres Implementation in South-West Pacific

RA V, through Resolution 5 (RA V-16) in May 2014, decided 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 (PICTs).

An implementation plan has been endorsed to develop an RCC-Network for South East Asia, with Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines as the nodes.  Considering that there are several members of RA II in Southeast Asia, RA II has also expressed interest in collaborating with RA V in implementing this RCC-Network.  An implementation plan has also been finalized for RCC-Network Pacific, with nodes supported by a wide range of consortia membersand led by New Zealand, Australia, United States of America and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP). Both these RCC-Networks are expected to commence their demonstration phases shortly.

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 Update, the Island Climate Update (ICU) Forums, the Climate and Oceans Services Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) Online Climate Outlook Forum (OCOF). A face-to-face Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF) was initiated in October 2015, which is holding regular annual sessions.

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.  ASEANCOF sessions are being regularly held since 2013 twice a year, with one of them in virtual form through email/teleconference and the other as a physical session.





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