Word Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3)
Climate prediction and information for decision-making
WCC-3 second announcement (February 2009 update)
Better climate information for a better future
Benefits to society
The challenges for the provision of weather, climate and water services cross all national boundaries, making international cooperation essential to achieve the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Bali Action Plan and Millennium Development Goals. WCC-3 will initiate a framework for the effective delivery of high-quality climate information and prediction services, aimed at meeting the needs of decision-makers and enhancing the ability of governments, societies, institutions and the public to access and use climate information products and services.
Benefits of WCC-3 for various sectors
Agriculture and food security
With better seasonal forecasts, farmers can plan optimal planting dates, the best mix of crops to grow and which disease- and pest-resilient varieties to choose. This can help to improve food security, which can then reduce poverty. Climate scientists and farmers must develop close partnerships to effectively use seasonal forecasts and to develop coping strategies in the event of natural disasters.
Weather and climate conditions have direct and indirect impacts on health. They can increase the risk of epidemics of airborne and waterborne diseases, malnutrition, heatstroke and respiratory problems. Climate prediction and information help in the monitoring and management of disease outbreaks.
Water availability can provide or deny us life-supporting needs. It can lead to enhanced food production but also to extreme water stress, high levels of poverty and even loss of life. Better seasonal predictions of water availability can help managers in planning and operating their water resource management systems more efficiently.
Disaster prevention and risk reduction
Climate-related disasters such as flooding or drought have a high impact on societies and vital socio-economic activities. Early warning systems can prevent much loss of life and livelihood by alerting people to specific threats and enhancing the level of preparedness.
Renewable and clean energy is essential for the sustainable growth of economies. Solar, wind and wave energy are directly linked to climate conditions, which also dictate energy demands.Adequate climate information is essential in the development and management of renewable energy sources.
Tourism and transport
Global transport, accommodation, the supply chain and services are all highly vulnerable to severe weather conditions and climate extremes. WCC-3 will help to develop climate services that will greatly enhance the management of risks and benefits for the tourism and transport sectors, at global, regional and national levels.
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