Guidance Materials for using science-based climate information launched in Apia

Facilitating sectoral decision making using science-based climate change information and services will now be made easier, following the launch of the "Developing Climate Change Information Material" publication at Taumeasina Island Resort in Apia.

The launch followed the conclusion of what participants said was a successful first day of discussions at the Pacific Island Climate Science and Services regional research strategy development workshop.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Director General, Mr Kosi Latu officially launched and presented the guidance materials to those present at Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday evening.

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He also acknowledged the support and partnership of the Commonwealth Industrial and Scientific Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the government of Australia through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in bringing about the publication.

"I believe this is a testament of what real partnership is all about. This guidance material would not have been possible if it had not been for the partnership that SPREP has with CSIRO with funding through the Australian Government."

"This is a good example of something practical. I know we talk a lot about science, but science needs to be translated into something practical and put into a form that is usable and accessible," Mr Latu added.

P1190317Mr Salesa Nihmei, SPREP Meteorology and Climate Officer, welcoming the participants to the launch of the guidance materials. Photo: SPREP

He concluded by saying "I would like to applaud the tremendous support and leadership by Dr Geoff Gooley and his team from CSIRO in the development of these materials together with our SPREP Pacific Met Desk team. I trust these materials will be useful resources for sector stakeholders and we encourage you to share them with your colleagues upon your return to your home countries."

The publication was prepared primarily to assist National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and their sectoral stakeholders to jointly undertake national or sub-national climate change risk assessments.

It broadly outlines steps for identifying, developing and applying climate change information as part of a staged risk assessment process and provides advice and resources for undertaking each step."

The materials are a part of the Pacific Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Programme (PACCSAP) Outreach Project, which is implemented by SPREP and CSIRO.

For more information, please contact Ms. Tagaloa Cooper at tagaloac@sprep.org
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