The main goal of this Consultation is to bridge the gap between the climate information from the scientists and the Hydrometeorological Service, as a service provider, and the practical needs of the users. The following objectives should be achieved:
1. To map the stakeholders for the National Consultation on Climate Services
2. To facilitate dialogue among climate service providers in Guyana, user organizations, the climate related research community and decision makers in policy and planning in key sectors, where decisions and practices need to be informed by climate services.
3. To review the current climate services available and facilitate dialogue on developing a system for generation and delivery of climate information and services that will enable effective uptake and integration in climate sensitive sectors in Guyana, in ways that engage national needs and demands.
4. To discuss the use of climate information in decision making in general and ways to mainstream climate services in the four priority sectors of the GFCS. These include; Agriculture and Food Security, Disaster Risk Reduction, Health and Water, and other critical sectors of Guyana’s economy and society.
5. To discuss the sustainable implementation of a national framework for climate services in Guyana by focusing on the need for capacity building in climate research, climate observation and monitoring, operational climate information generation, and end-user interaction and engagement.
The NCOF will serve as an institutional mechanism to:
1. Ensure that climate information and products, including their uncertainties and limitations, are understood by and communicated to users.
2. Discuss user views on how to make the climate information accessible, user-friendly and applicable.
3. Provide a platform for understanding risks and opportunities based on past, current and future climate information; and for inter-agency coordination of policies, sectoral plans and programs linked to potential impacts of hydrometeorological hazards.
4. Evolve a culture of working together, through joint climate information interpretation sessions for managing risks in various climate-sensitive sectors like Agriculture, Irrigation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Health.
5. Strengthen and enhance the interface for inter-agency coordination of policies, sectoral plans, and an ongoing process of understanding and responding to risks posed or opportunities brought about by past, current, and future climate.
6. Provide climate information at relevant timescales through a regular and sustained multi-stakeholder dialogue process.
7. Review the current status of the climate in Guyana, and to share with participants the climate outlook.
8. Improve the development and delivery of climate information, and to develop new climate information products and services that will contribute to the protection of natural resources, lives, livelihoods and property.