Government leads consultations on climate information, services

January 10, 2014 11:49 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 10 -–Government is further working on improving availability of, access to and public understanding of climate-related information and services nationwide.

The move is in line with government’s bid for enhanced climate service in partnership with local and international stakeholders concerned.

On Friday, the government and Germany’s Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) conducted in Metro Manila the second round of consultations on climate information and services.

Inputs from the consultations will help develop guidelines for assisting end-users on usage of climate information and services in the Philippines.

The state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration partnered with GIZ and Climate Change Commission in conducting the consultations.

”Development and provision of climate-related data, information products and advice aim to assist in decision-making,” GIZ consultant and climate change expert Dr. Rosa Perez also said, citing climate services.

Recalling discussions during the first consultations, she noted usable climate information must be available, accessible, official as well as user-oriented, tailor-made and localized.

Such information must be well-coordinated and come with an explanation of its uncertainty aside from being organized and managed, she continued.

Government continues pursuing the climate service partnership, recognizing no single agency can solely address climate-related challenges.

Among such challenges is food security amidst the threat of climate change.

Experts earlier noted onslaught of weather extremes as well as sea level and sea temperature rise are climate change’s impacts on the country. (PNA)

PDS/CJT/UTB

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