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SWFDP Regional Subproject in Southeast Asia (SWFDP-SeA)

Beneficiary Countries:


5 countries in Southeast Asia:

Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam

Regional Centres:

Regional Forecast Support Centre (RFSC), Ha Noi

RSMC Tokyo (for typhoon forecast support)

RSMC New Delhi (for tropical cyclone forecast support)

Hong Kong Observatory (for technical training support)

Contributing Global Centres:


Start of Project Development and Planning:

In 2010

Subproject website since July 2011:

RFSC Ha Noi:

Main Focus (Severe weather types):

Heavy rain, strong winds and damaging waves

Present Status:

In Phase-II (Demonstration) since January 2016


Regional Subproject Implementation Plan (RSIP)

(Version.5 as updated by RSMT in 2015)


SWFDP Development in Southeast Asia

The Cg-XV (2007) noted the significant development and progress of the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP), from concepts to the first SWFDP regional subproject, implemented in the south-eastern region of Africa in 2006. Further, while noting the importance of accurate and timely severe weather warnings for Members and that if the SWFDP in south-eastern Africa was successful, decided that its concept  should be expanded and implemented throughout RA I and to other WMO Regions especially in developing countries.

Following the recommendation by the Cg-XV (2007), the development process for implementing a SWFDP in RA II Southeast Asia was started in 2010. In this regard, a technical planning workshop on SWFDP development for Southeast Asia was held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 2-5 February, 2010 to explore the region’s needs of and possible benefits from a SWFDP for Cambodia, People’s Democratic Republic of Lao, Thailand, and Viet Nam.  The workshop recommended that the project could focus on various hazards associated with tropical cyclones, especially heavy precipitation due to various meteorological events of the region, while also developing the capacity of the National Hydro-Meteorological Centre of Ha Noi, Viet Nam as a sub-regional Centre, with the assistance of the Hong Kong Observatory. Global products could be provided by CMA, JMA, KMA, Hong Kong Observatory, and Viet Nam. 

A meeting to develop a strategy for preparing a draft regional subproject implementation plan (RSIP) for Southeast Asia was also organized in Tokyo, Japan on 17-18 September, 2010. The first two-week SWFDP-Southeast Asia Training Workshop on severe weather forecasting(GDPFS) and warning services (PWS) was conducted in Hong Kong, China during 4-15 July, 2011 and the first meeting of Regional Subproject Management Team (RSMT) was held at RFSC Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 10-13 October, 2011 to discuss and review the RSIP  for SWFDP-Southeast Asia. The subproject website (RFSC Ha Noi web portal) was also developed in 2011 and the participating countries have been benefitting from the NWP including EPS products, and satellite based information made available to them through this website. Philippines joined the subproject as a participating country in May 2012.


In 2013 and 2014 two more training workshops were organized for the beneficiary countries of SWFDP-Southeast Asia. These training workshops were held in Macao, China (April, 2013) and Quezon City, Philippines (June 2014). The second meeting of RSMT was held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam in August 2015 to review and update the RSIP including defining timeline of subproject’s demonstration phase. The fourth SWFDP-Southeast Asia training workshop was held in Bangkok, Thailand in September 2015. The workshop was jointly organized for SWFDP participating countries in Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia.

As per decisions of RSMT in 2015, the demonstration phase of the subproject was started from 1 January 2016.

The subproject activities from 2017 onwards are mainly funded through Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) project entitled “Building Resilience to High-Impact Hydrometeorological Events through Strengthening Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Southeast Asia (SEA)”


SWFDP-Southeast Asia: Activities & Key Milestones since 2010



  • Technical Planning Workshop on SWFDP Development for Southeast Asia (Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 2-5 February, 2010)
  • Meeting to develop a strategy for preparing a regional subproject implementation plan (RSIP) for a SWFDP in Southeast Asia (Tokyo, Japan, 17-18 September, 2010) 


  • Two-week  SWFDP-SeA Training Workshop (GDPFS & PWS) (Hong Kong, China, 4-15 July, 2011)
  • First Meeting of RSMT to discuss and review the RSIP  for SWFDP-SeA (Ha Noi, Viet Nam,10-13 October, 2011)
  • RFSC Ha Noi web portal since July 2011


  • Philippines joined as a participating country in May 2012


  • Two-week Training Workshop jointly organized for the SWFDP-SeA and the SWFDP-BoB regions (Macao, China, 8-19 April 2013) (Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia and Macao also participated)


  • Two-week SWFDP-SeA Training Workshop (Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 2-13 June, 2014)


  • RFSC Ha Noi started issuance  of Guidance Product for Short-range (1-2 Days) and Medium-range (3-5 Days)
  • Second Meeting of RSMT to discuss and review the RSIP  for SWFDP-SeA (Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 11-14 August 2015) preceded by a Preparatory Meeting on 10 August, 2015
  • Two-week SWFDP-SeA Training Workshop (Bangkok, Thailand, 14-25 September 2015) (jointly organized for SWFDP-SeA and SWFDP-BoB)


  • Start of demonstration phase from 1 January 2016
  •  Third Meeting of RSMT (Ha Noi, Viet Nai, 20-23 November 2017) to review progress and discuss transition of the subproject into operations and update the RSIP for SWFDP-SeA.
  • A joint seesion of RSMT and SeAFFGS initial planning meeting was also held on 23 November 2017 to discuss requirements and potential synergies between the two subprojects.
  • Two-week SWFDP-SeA Training Workshop (Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 19-30 March 2018)
  • SWFDP-SeA RFSC Training Desk (Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 7-18 May 2018)





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