Van-KIRAP Workshop Prioritises Climate Information Services

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) Van-KIRAP workshop has prioritised the different approaches each target sector should follow on delivering Climate Information Services (CIS) for Resilient Development against Climate Change impacts in Vanuatu.

As one of the first Technical Engagement Workshop between the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) project science team and Sector Representatives – the Van-KIRAP Workshop is working to deliver CIS across the five target sectors – Agriculture, Fisheries, Water Sectors, Infrastructure and Tourism.

The Vanuatu Klaemet Infomesen blong Redy, Adapt mo Protekt (Van-KIRAP) workshop will deliver Climate Change services which include; raising awareness of Climate Change impacts and build capacity (Climate Change science literacy), provide science-based evidence to inform climate change hazard analysis and to inform policy development and planning for climate change adaption and climate related disaster risk management.

Van-KIRAP Project Manager Moriah Matou said the workshop will focus in empowering the different sectors through enhanced access and the application of scientific knowledge in the form of tailored products and services to build climate resilience.

“We will ensure each sector implements the CIS knowledge gained in this workshop and from CSIRO Australian science experts,” said Mrs Matou.

“In the Agricultural sector, we aim to inform enhanced resilient farming practices in reducing climate related losses and to increase yield.

“In Fisheries; CIS will be delivered to plan fishing activities, on what fish resources to access and whether additional food preservation/storage is needed.

“In the Water sector; the services used will prepare for flood impacts on low lying flood plains through the effective communication on the use of climate information services to end users.

“In terms of Infrastructure, climate information and data in future infrastructure design and construction to ensure climate resilient infrastructures.

“In the Tourism sector, CIS informs planning and policies of Tourism and integrate CIS into Standard Operating Procedures.” The Climate Information Services for Resilient Development in Vanuatu workshop is funded by Van-KIRAP, SPREP and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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