Met Directors set for first Partners and Donors Roundtable

By Jared Koli of Island Sun Newspaper

15 August, 2017, Honiara, Solomon Islands, PMC-4 – Meteorology directors from Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP’s), 14 Pacific Island member countries will meet tomorrow, Thursday 17th of August, to host its first ever roundtable discussion with partners and donors attending the fourth meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-4) in Honiara this week.

The roundtable discussion which will convene at the meeting venue, Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Conference facility, will provide National Meteorological and Hydrological Service’s (NMHSs) to share priorities with donors and partners and seek support to accelerate weather and climate services in the region.
Donors and partners that are attending the PMC-4 include representatives from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), World Meteorology Organization (WMO), Japanese Overseas Cooperation Agency (JICA), UN agencies and others.

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Call for the opening of the PMC-4 (Photo credit: Jenny Davson-Galle SIMS)

Director General for SPREP, Kosi Latu, stated that, “the elevation of meteorological services in the last decade, t was a direct result of recommendations arising from the regional review of National Meteorological Services in 2009.” He added that the work of meteorological services in the Pacific was further strengthened by formalizing the Pacific Meteorological Council and the support for the setup of the Pacific Met Desk Partnership hosted at SPREP.


According to the Director General, Kosi Latu, “the idea of the roundtable meeting is to provide an opportunity for partners and  donors to enhance support existing initiatives and accelerate the implementation of the Pacific Island Meteorological Strategy (PIMS), Climate Services Roadmap and Nukualofa Declaration which provides the key priorities of the region on weather, early warning system, marine services, aviation services, hydrological services coupled with training and capacity development needs of meteorological services.”

 According to Tauala Katea, Director for Tuvalu Meteorological Service, budget constraints are often faced by NMHSs, and this is an opportunity for NMHS to promote meteorological work and seek support from donors. This is the first time a donor and partner roundtable has been organized for PMC-4 and PMMM-2 (Second Pacific Ministerial meeting on Meteorology) and we are welcome this initiative to have the floor where we can briefly discuss face to face and hear from us what our needs and priorities are, and for us to hear and discuss opportunities for collaboration and further assist our services with,” he added. This is also an opportunity to share lessons learnt.

World Meteorology Organization (WMO) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will facilitate the discussion. The roundtable will be held as part of PMC-4.

SPREP’s Meteorology and Climate Officer Salesa Nihmei said each of the partners will provide an update as well as the national Met services on how to implement these strategies, some of them aligned to their national strategies. – #PMC4 #PacificMet

 

The Fourth Pacific Meteorological Council is being held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from the 14 – 17 August co-hosted by the government of Solomon Islands, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This will followed by the Second Pacific Meteorological Ministers Meeting (PMMM) on the 18 of August. 

The PMC and PMMM is supported by the Government of Solomon Islands, SPREP, WMO, Government of Australia through the Climate and Oceans Support Programme (COSPPac) and Pacific Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Programme (PACCSAP), Government of Finland, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United Nations Development Programme through the Resilience in the Pacific (SIDS) project.

The PMC consists of members of the Pacific National Meteorological and Hydrological Services supported by its technical partners, regional organisations, non-government organisations and private sectors.

This article was developed by a Pacific Media Team of Reporters currently providing coverage on the Fourth Pacific Meteorological Council in Solomon Islands. This activity coordinated by SPREP is supported by a partnership between the Government of Solomon Islands, SPREP, Australia funded project (Climate and Oceans Support Program (COSPPac) and UNDP Disaster for Pacific SIDS (RESPAC) project.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) or the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)both of which provided funding for generating media articles.
 
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