Climate related disasters are projected to increase in frequency and magnitude. Already vulnerable communities and developing economies are struggling to manage extreme events due to climate variability, and so climate change is heightening the risk of losses and damages. Without properly managing the risk of climate variability and change, there will be an increasing need for humanitarian assistance and emergency response, which has the potential to slow economic development.
Focusing on risk reduction a per the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, the climate research programme is addressing disaster risk reduction (DRR) through the generation of knowledge and information that supports anticipatory approach to disaster management.
Climate information, which includes historical information and forecasts, can help humanitarian organisations, governments, development partners and communities to better anticipate and prepare for climate related disasters, while taking advantage of good climate situations to maximize benefits. This will help reduce loss of property, livelihoods and life and enhance economic development. However, climate information still remains a resource that is not well used in decision making, planning and action.
The broader focus area is co-development and use of actionable Weather and Climate Information services and this includes-:
- Co-development of methodologies and tools for producing tailored climate services
- Create spaces for enhanced coordination and engagement
- Strengthen capacity for co-production of tailored climate services
- Strengthen capacity for use of tailored climate services