COP23 focus on early warning systems

On 15 November 2017, during a ministerial event at the United Nations climate change conference (COP23), the first results from the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative launched by the French government at the Paris Agreement negotiations in 2015 were presented.

CREWS aims to mobilize US$100 million by 2020 and is designed to achieve a key target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (i.e. the global plan for reducing disaster losses), namely to “substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to people by 2030.”

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) over 80 percent of the world’s 48 Least Developed Countries and many small island developing States possess only a basic early warning system. Weather observation networks are inadequate in many African countries. Vulnerable communities in Africa, the Pacific and Caribbean could now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather as part of an international drive to boost resilience and climate change adaptation.

The CREWS is a coalition of Australia, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Canada is aligning resources. It is being implemented by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Bank, and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) with support of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

The new CREWS website is available here: http://www.crews-initiative.org/en

A video explaining the work of CREWS is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9fvBajiQF0