Benefits of Climate Services for Managing Disaster Risk for Sustainable Growth
WHO, UNDP, FAO, The World Bank, Associated Programme on Flood Management (AFPM), UN-ISDR and Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Fenómeno de El Niño (CIIFEN)
From the 10 most commonly reported disasters, nine are directly or indirectly related to weather, water or climate extremes and cause significant loss of life, while eroding development gains. In the future, rapid urbanization and the increase in the frequency and intensity of these hazards as well as sea level rise will lead to significant rise in socio-economic impacts. A starting point is a quantitative assessment of risks which require information about the hazards, exposures and vulnerabilities of the population or assets.
The lack of historical data and analysis concerning a country’s past climate to quantify hazard characteristics of local extremes are hampering efforts to address socio-economic impacts associated with climate and its extremes. The emergence of climate modeling and forecast technologies will help to assess characteristics of hazards in our changing climate and as a core component of a risk assessment. Equipped with quantitative risk information, countries in close collaboration of their public and private sectors can develop strategies related to risk reduction through early warning systems, medium and long-term sectoral planning and risk financing to build resilience.
The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) aims to support the provision of climate information and services to support the development of such strategies. In this side event, leading experts will share national and regional examples where climate services have improved risk-informed decision-making.