CVF Asia at PAGASA to exchange climate information and services

CVF Asia members visit PAGASA to share and exchange climate information and services

Manila, Philippines, 21 May 2015 – Press Release of the Philippines Climate Change Commission

Climate disruption poses a need to provide the public with updated and accurate weather forecast and climate information services to enable people especially those vulnerable or directly involved to plan ahead, to mitigate potential social and economic losses.

As part of the Climate Vulnerability Forum, a half-day site visit at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) was held yesterday, 20 May 2015. The exclusive session for CVF country delegates and selects participants encouraged sharing of country experiences on climate information and services. The session was opened by Dr. Flaviana Hilario of DOST-PAGASA. She imparts that the main objectives of the forum is “to share experiences and various methodologies from different countries and to choose which ones we can use.”
Dr. Vicente B. Malano, PAGASA Administrator also talked about “Climate Information and Services for Science and Evidence-based Climate Change Actions” in the Philippines. He enumerated the Philippine’s weather forecasting capabilities such as the Automated Data Integration, Analysis and Display System for timely and reliable weather information for disaster mitigation and decision support. We also utilize the Integrated High Performance Computing System (iHPCS) to have accurate and timely hourly warnings of severe weather disturbances that develop/enter the PAR. In addition, we also use color-coded Rainfall Warning System and the Thunderstorm Warning System, hazard mapping using GIS technology and climate forum. He believes that there is a “need to improve our relationship with our farmers,” being one of the gaps and challenges that we need to address in disseminating information to this sector.
Nathaniel Cruz of GMA Broadcasting Network highlighted the role of media in information dissemination and communication to empower individuals and communities against the risks of natural hazards brought about by climate change. He stresses that laymanazing and personalizing messages are key factors, further stating that “accurate information is not an assurance” of an effective communication.
Exchange of ideas through the open forum ensued after the presentation. Each participant shared their experiences to enrich the discussion. It was also an educational tour for the CVF members as it was their first time to see the facilities and technological innovations that PAGASA use to improve climate information and services. Experts from PAGASA gamely toured our guests and answered their queries.
The participants of the session include CVF members across Asia from Maldives, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Pakistan, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Timor Leste, and Mongolia. The Climate Vulnerable Forum Regional Workshop: Asia is hosted by the Climate Change Commission. The inputs of this initiative will greatly contribute to the Global Consultation of the hosts of all the CVF regional workshops of 2014-2015 happening in Bonn, Germany in June 2015.

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