Joint Press Release (WMO, UNISDR, World Bank, GFDRR, and CREWS Chair, France) : Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems Prioritize the Most Vulnerable

  • Murni Kemala Dewi
  • 21 Nov 2016

17 November 2016, (Marrakech, Morocco)/ African least developed countries and Pacific Islands will be the first to benefit from upgraded early warning systems against weather and climate- related shocks under an action plan outlined at the United Nations climate change conference.

Mali, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Small Island developing states in the Pacific will be supported to improve their early warning systems and forecast services with an initial US$ 12 million in funding allocated by the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative. Additional projects are under development.

Launched last year at the Paris climate change negotiations, CREWS aims to mobilize more than US$30 million by July 2017 and US$100 million by 2020. The international partnership seeks to strengthen risk information and early warning systems in vulnerable countries, and to leverage financing to protect populations exposed to extreme climate events.

"This is a pragmatic, tangible and targeted initiative to protect the most vulnerable. It is realistic and it is feasible," said Anne-Marie Descotes, Director-General for Global Affairs at the French Foreign Ministry, who represented Segolene Royal, French Minister for the Environment, Energy and Sea, at a special event on 16 November at COP22.

The initiative builds on existing activities, and investment by CREWS will help leverage much greater funding from the Green Climate Fund and other sources. There will be a special focus on women, who are particularly vulnerable to climate hazards but are very effective ambassadors to build resilience, said Ms. Descotes.

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