World Climate Impacts Assessment and Response Strategies Programme (WCIRP) is one of the WCP four sub-programs and is targeted at assessing the impacts of climate variability and changes that could markedly affect economic or social activities and thus contributing to the development of a range of socio-economic response strategies that could be used by governments and the community. UNEP is the leading agency within WCIRP and implements the programme in partnership with WMO, FAO, IPCC and UNFCCC Secretariats.
The main thrusts of WCIRP include
WCIRP was constituted in 1979 and since then UNEP contributed substantially to fulfilling the WCIRP goals by providing major inputs in the following core areas:
These activities resulted in improved methodologies for assessment of climate change impacts on local economies, enhanced coordination of national climate impacts and response strategies programmes, better techniques for making inventories of sources and sinks of GHGs, new national strategies for responding to climate fluctuations and change and wide dissemination of accurate, complete and timely information to governments and the public.
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