Assistance required for the implementation of the committee's technical plan and the strengthening of the operational plan



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WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION

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RA IV HURRICANE COMMITTEE
THIRTY-FIFTH SESSION
WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO
8 TO 12 APRIL 2013




RA IV/HC-35/Doc. 8

(18.III.2013)

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ITEM: 8

Original: ENGLISH


ASSISTANCE REQUIRED FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMITTEE'S TECHNICAL PLAN AND THE STRENGTHENING OF THE OPERATIONAL PLAN

(Submitted by the Secretariat)

Summary and Purpose of Document

This document presents a review of assistance, pertinent to the implementation of the Technical Plan or strengthening of the Operational Plan, provided to Members since the Committee’s Thirty-Fourth session and indicates the plan for future action. Appendix lists activities and project implementation under VCP in 2012, as well as requests pending for support in future.




ACTION PROPOSED

The Hurricane Committee is invited to review assistance requirements for future implementation of the technical plan in the light of activities implemented with national funds or through external assistance projects. Members are encouraged to vigorously pursue their action in seeking support for possible implementation of outstanding activities.



Appendices:


  1. Draft text for inclusion in the final report of the session

B. List of VCP projects related to WMO Members from RA III and RA IV for the years 2009 to 2012

DISCUSSION
1. WMO, through the Development and Regional Activities Department (DRA) and with the support of the WMO Office for North America, Central America and the Caribbean (NCAC), has continued the development of technical cooperation activities to ensure cost-effective services to Members. The NCAC Office has also provided support to regional activities and assisted in the implementation of WMO Programmes in the Region.
2012 Hurricane season
2. The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season was the third most active season in recorded history with a total of 19 tropical storms, 10 of which became hurricanes, including two major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger).
3. The combined storms during the entire 2012 hurricane season killed at least 354 people and caused at least $76 billion in damage. The most affected areas during the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season were the Greater Antilles, East coast of the United States of America, the Gulf Coast and Mexico.
4. The named storms were Tropical Storm Alberto, Tropical Storm Beryl, Hurricane Chris, Tropical Storm Debby, Hurricane Ernesto, Tropical Storm Florence, Hurricane Gordon, Tropical Storm Helene, Hurricane Isaac, Tropical Storm Joyce, Hurricane Kirk, Hurricane Leslie, Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Nadine, Tropical Storm Oscar, Tropical Storm Patty, Hurricane Rafael, Hurricane Sandy, Tropical Storm Tony.

Regional Activities
5. During 2012, WMO has continued its Project Office in Mexico to support the National Water Commission in achieving integrated, sustainable management of water and the PREMIA project aimed to, as outlined in the agreement between the WMO and the Government of Mexico, the efficient management of water, technical support in the fields of hydrology, meteorology, climate variability and change and their effects on water availability, in particular ground water reserves, prevention of floods will be also another area to be covered.
6. Based on the Strategic Development Plan 2010-2019 formulated by WMO for the NMS of Mexico in 2010, the Government of Mexico requested the World Bank the formulation of a project to continue the implementation of the Strategic Development Plan for the NMS in the next Mexican Administration (2012-2018). The Modernization Project for the NMS of Mexico (USD 105 million) funded by the World Bank (2012-2018) includes the following four components: 1) Strengthening of institutional capacity; 2) Modernization of the meteorological network; 3) Improvement of meteorology and climate forecasting; and 4) Developing regional capacity with the establishment of regional hydrometeorological centers.
7. WMO through its Project Office in Mexico will continue providing support to this project for the Modernization of the NMS of Mexico as well as to the PREMIA project on integrated water management, both projects under the Agreement of Cooperation between WMO and the Government of Mexico.
8. The Meeting of NMS’s Directors of Iberoamerican Countries was held in Madrid, Spain, in October 2012 with the attendance of the Spanish speaking members of the RA III and RA IV. The action plan for the period 2011-2013 was ratified. The main lines of action of the three-year Plan include, institutional strengthening of NMHS and resource mobilization; development of climate services through pilot projects; education and training; and development of subregional virtual centres for the prevention and monitoring of extreme events.

Training
10. The RA IV Workshop on Hurricane Forecasting and Public Weather Services took place in Miami, U.S.A, from 12 to 23 March 2012. This very important workshop is organized on an annual basis at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, USA, with strong support of WMO and the U.S.A.
11. WMO, through the trust fund from Spain, supported during 2012 several activities including courses on automatic weather stations maintenance, data processing, climate change, administration of meteorological and hydrological services, flood management, seasonal forecast, hydrology, statistic forecast tools, use of forecast products and satellites, and other topics. Additionally, a series of seminars and workshops were also supported especially in hydrological forecast, seasonal forecast, coastal flooding, and telecommunications interaction.
12. The Master Degree Programme in Hydrology with strong distance and computed aided learning components has continued with great success at the WMO/RMTC of Costa Rica, with the participation of students from RA IV countries.

Assistance to NMHS

13. The Central American Project on Multi-Hazard Early Warning System to develop an end to end early warning system for Central America, financed by the World Bank and executed by WMO, was successfully implemented in Costa Rica during 2012 and 2013.


14. The WMO Haiti Task Team continued to coordinate the different actions and efforts to help Haiti after the earthquake that impacted this country in January 2010, providing immediate assistance including a set of seven new GSM enabled Automatic Weather Stations through VCP funds, two EMWIN systems and a flash flood guidance system supplied by the USA, technical support and training of local staff as well as France-funded specialized training of 5 staff members for 10 months in Toulouse, France. The active participation of Canada, Dominican Republic, France and the United Kingdom was determinant in this effort. The information provided in 2008 by the joint WMO/Spain AEMET Mission to Haiti focused on an Early Warning System Proposal, served as a useful reference basis for the Task Team. WMO also coordinated its work with other UN Agencies to include in the Flash Appeal nearly USD 1.0 million to support meteorological activities in Haiti.
15. The Canadian Department of the Environment and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) signed a USD 6.5 million Financing Agreement to support the programme “Haiti Weather Systems Programme – Climate Services to Reduce Vulnerability in Haiti”. The five years project aims to develop the capacity of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) of Haiti to deliver Early Warnings and also general weather, climate and hydrology services to the people of Haiti.
VCP Projects
19. During 2012, WMO continued providing assistance to NMHSs through the VCP Programme. A total of one request was supported in the region, benefiting Haiti with the assistance of spare parts and expert services for the procurement and installation of meteorological and hydrological observing system infrastructure. A list of VCP projects carried out for 2009 through 2012 related to the Members of RA IV is given in Appendix B.
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DRAFT TEXT FOR INCLUSION IN THE FINAL REPORT OF THE SESSION

The Committee reviewed the assistance, pertinent to the implementation of the Technical Plan or strengthening of the operational plan, provided to Members since the Committee’s thirty- fourth session and considered the plan for future action.


The Committee expressed its satisfaction that WMO, through the Development and Regional Activities Department (DRA) with the support of the WMO Office for North America, Central America and the Caribbean (NCAC), has continued the development of technical cooperation activities to ensure cost-effective services to Members. The NCAC Office has also provided support to regional activities and assisted in the implementation of WMO Programmes in the Region.
Regional activities
The Committee was informed that:


  • During 2012 WMO has continued its Project Office in Mexico to support the National Water Commission in achieving integrated, sustainable management of water and the PREMIA project aimed to, as outlined in the agreement between the WMO and the Government of Mexico, the efficient management of water, technical support in the fields of hydrology, meteorology, climate variability and change and their effects on water availability, in particular ground water reserves, prevention of floods will be also another area to be covered.




  • Based on the Strategic Development Plan 2010-2019 formulated by WMO for the NMS of Mexico in 2010, the Government of Mexico requested the World Bank the formulation of a project to continue the implementation of the Strategic Development Plan for the NMS in the next Mexican Administration (2012-2018). The Modernization Project for the NMS of Mexico (USD 105 million) funded by the World Bank (2012-2018) includes the following four components: 1) Strengthening of institutional capacity; 2) Modernization of the meteorological network; 3) Improvement of meteorology and climate forecasting; and 4) Developing regional capacity with the establishment of regional hydrometeorological centers.




  • WMO through its Project Office in Mexico will continue providing support to this project for the Modernization of the NMS of Mexico as well as to the PREMIA project on integrated water management, both projects under the Agreement of Cooperation between WMO and the Government of Mexico.




  • The Meeting of NMS’s Directors of Iberoamerican Countries was held in Madrid, Spain, in October 2012 with the attendance of the Spanish speaking members of the RA III and RA IV. The action plan for the period 2011-2013 was ratified. The main lines of action of the three-year Plan include, institutional strengthening of NMHS and resource mobilization; development of climate services through pilot projects; education and training; and development of subregional virtual centres for the prevention and monitoring of extreme events.


Training
The Committee was also informed that:


  • The RA IV Workshop on Hurricane Forecasting and Public Weather Services took place in Miami, U.S.A, from 12 to 23 March 2012. This very important workshop is organized on an annual basis at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, USA, with strong support of WMO and the U.S.A.




  • WMO, through the trust fund from Spain, supported during 2012 several activities including courses on automatic weather stations maintenance, data processing, climate change, administration of meteorological and hydrological services, flood management, seasonal forecast, hydrology, statistic forecast tools, use of forecast products and satellites, and other topics. Additionally, a series of seminars and workshops were also supported especially in hydrological forecast, seasonal forecast, coastal flooding, and telecommunications interaction.




  • The Master Degree Programme in Hydrology with strong distance and computed aided learning components has continued with great success at the WMO/RMTC of Costa Rica, with the participation of students from RA IV countries.



Assistance to NMHS

The Committee took note that:




  • The Central American Project on Multi-Hazard Early Warning System to develop an end to end early warning system for Central America, financed by the World Bank and executed by WMO, was successfully implemented in Costa Rica during 2012 and 2013.




  • The WMO Haiti Task Team continued to coordinate the different actions and efforts to help Haiti after the earthquake that impacted this country in January 2010, providing immediate assistance including a set of seven new GSM enabled Automatic Weather Stations through VCP funds, two EMWIN systems and a flash flood guidance system supplied by the USA, technical support and training of local staff as well as France-funded specialized training of 5 staff members for 10 months in Toulouse, France. The active participation of Canada, Dominican Republic, France and the United Kingdom was determinant in this effort. The information provided in 2008 by the joint WMO/Spain AEMET Mission to Haiti focused on an Early Warning System Proposal, served as a useful reference basis for the Task Team. WMO also coordinated its work with other UN Agencies to include in the Flash Appeal nearly USD 1.0 million to support meteorological activities in Haiti.




  • The Canadian Department of the Environment and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) signed a USD 6.5 million Financing Agreement to support the programme “Haiti Weather Systems Programme – Climate Services to Reduce Vulnerability in Haiti”. The five years project aims to develop the capacity of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) of Haiti to deliver Early Warnings and also general weather, climate and hydrology services to the people of Haiti.


VCP projects





  • During 2012, WMO continued providing assistance to NMHSs through the VCP Programme. A total of one request was supported in the region, benefiting Haiti with the assistance of spare parts and expert services for the procurement and installation of meteorological and hydrological observing system infrastructure. A list of VCP projects carried out for 2009 through 2012 related to the Members of RA IV is given in Appendix B.

LIST OF VCP PROJECTS RELATED TO WMO MEMBERS FROM RA III AND RA IV

FOR THE YEARS 2009 TO 2012



MAJOR/ REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS


COUNTRY

PROJECT TITLE/ FOCUS

DONOR

YEAR OF REQUEST


STATUS

Haiti

Weather and Climate Services to Reduce Vulnerability in Haiti


Canada

2012

ongoing

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Early Warning System for Hydrometeorological Hazards Project”

World Bank-GFDRR

2011

ongoing

SHOCs IIs

Strengthening Hydrometeorological Operations and Services in the Caribbean SIDs, phase II (SHOCS II)

Finland

2012

2013

Ibero-American Countries

Strengthening Hydrometeorological Operations and Services

Spain




ongoing

All 7 Central American Countries and Dominican Republic, Haiti

Central American Flash Flood Guidance System (CAFFGS)

USAID-OFDA




2012

Pacific-Caribbean SIDs

Weather and Climate Services and South-South Cooperation.

SWFDP Pacific / Caribbean



Canada Fast Start




Commences 2013

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic (CIFDP-DR) Phase II (Information Gathering and National Agreement for Project implementation) in 2012  

Canada Fast Start

2013

Commences 2013


VCP-TF SUPPORT


COUNTRY

PROJECT TITLE/ FOCUS

DONOR

YEAR OF REQUEST


STATUS

Costa Rica

Expense travel to Maryland, USA to participate in the 4 month fellowship at the Tropical Desk of the National Centres for Environmental Prediction

VCP(F)

2010

2010

Costa Rica

Provision of travel and per diem for participant travel to the “2011 Satellite Direct Readout Conference: Real-time access to Real-time Applications

VCP(F)

2011

2011

Cuba

Upgrading of 4 INSMET Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) meteorological stations. Replacing meteorological instruments with many years of operation and resuming the programme measurement of key parameters. Stations Cape weather are San Antonio (78,310), White House (78325), Camagüey (78 355) and Maisi (78369)

VCP(F)

2008

2010

Dominica

An audiovisual media Center for the dissemination of meteorological Information to users and the general public

VCP(F) & UK

2010

Ongoing

Dominican Republic / El Salvador / Nicaragua,

Climate Data Rescue and Digitization

VCP(F) & USA

2010

2010-11


VCP-TF SUPPORT


COUNTRY

PROJECT TITLE/ FOCUS

DONOR

YEAR OF REQUEST


STATUS

Haiti

Rehabilitation of the meteorological observing network. Includes Expert mission to develop interim and long term plan for rehabilitation of NMS

VCP(F)

2008

2008

Haiti

Automatic Weather Stations for the rehabilitation of the meteorological and hydrological networks. Emergency Assistance for the provision of AWS`s

VCP(F)- Emergency Assistance

2009

Ongoing

Haiti

Meteorological and Hydrological Observing System Infrastructure and Spare Parts

Expert services for Procurement and Installations



VCP(F)

2012

2012

Saint Lucia

Refurbishing and Upgrading of AWS network

VCP(F) & UK

2009

2011


VCP COORDINATED BY WMO


COUNTRY

PROJECT TITLE/ FOCUS

DONOR

YEAR OF REQUEST


STATUS

Argentina, Colombia

Costa Rica, Cuba.

Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras

Panama, Paraguay



Peru, Uruguay

Provision of 53 mercurial barometers

Germany

2011

2013

Guatemala / El Salvador (06)



AWS: Hydrometeorological stations for flood forecasting; 7 to Guatemala and 2 for El Salvador

Spain

2010

2010

South America /Tropical Desk


12 students per year awarded a four month long fellowship at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) in Camp Springs, Maryland


US-NOAA

Annual

Support to the WMO RA IV Hurricane Committee Meeting





US-NOAA




ongoing

Disaster Risk Reduction/Service Delivery Roadmap for Central America and the Caribbean.




US-NOAA

2011

2012

Mexico, Costa Rica, and El Salvador

“GEONETCast” receiving stations

US-NOAA




2012




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