The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will host a series of meetings of the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) at the Beachcombers Hotel from Monday, 29th May to Friday, 2nd June. These are essentially two meetings held to deliver climate forecasts for the wet/hurricane season, and to train meteorologists/climatologists.
Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOF), sponsored by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), are active in several parts of the world. These RCOFs are critical for the development and delivery of effective early warning systems, in that, they provide real-time seasonal climate forecasts and interpretation across relevant time and spatial scales. The Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum is one such RCOF, that seeks to develop appropriate climate services, tailored to the Caribbean region to support the goals of climate variability and change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
The combination of climate variability and change, pose significant risks for the Caribbean region. Pressures on regional resources are anticipated to increase, along with demands due to population growth and the expansion of tourism. coupled with these risks are:
- The threats already posed to society from today’s climate extremes and variations.
- The potentially high-impact but uncertain additional risks presented by climate change.
The CariCOF meetings will commence on the 29th with a Wet/Hurricane Season - Seasonal Forecast Training Workshop at the Beachcombers Hotel at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday’s programme will take the form of a training exercise for local and regional media personnel and other stakeholders, and will be addressed by Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural Transformation, Hon. Saboto Caesar. The training will be conducted by well known NBC Television Meteorological presenter, John Morales at the Beachcombers Hotel at 8:30 a.m..
The official opening ceremony of CariCOF) will take place on Wednesday, 31st May at 8:30 a.m., also at the Beachcombers Hotel, and will be addressed by Prime Minister, Dr., the Hon., Ralph Gonsalves.
The week will conclude 1st - 2nd June, with the Regional Sectoral Early Warning Information Systems Across Climate Timescales (EWISACTs), and Close Out Meetings, under the Building Regional Climate Capacity in the Caribbean (BRCCC), Programme. Thursday’s Opening Ceremony will showcase new and enhanced climate information products and will be addressed by Hon. Camillo Gonsalves, Minister of Economic Planning, Sustainable Development, Industry, Information and Labour. This will also commence at 8:30 a.m. at the Beachcombers Hotel. Facilitators will on day two, Friday, June 2nd, map the way forward for the development of Sectoral EWISACTs.
Forecasts are updated monthly and are delivered to a wide range of regional and national stakeholders. The suite of forecasts currently includes products for rainfall and temperatures for up to 3 to 6 months; and for drought that itself include an alerting system supported by response actions that were developed with the stakeholders. It is anticipated that other products and applications will be added as training continues for meteorologists/climatologists from across the region.
The Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum is funded through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID), BRCCC Programme, along with the generous support of the American people.
Media houses are invited to provide coverage.