Global Framework for Climate Services: Progress Report 2009–2019

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Major progress is being made developing, delivering and using climate services for societal benefit, in particular from the worldwide effort galvanizing around the Global Framework for Climate Services. The GFCS has been recognized as an important mechanism to support adaptation within the UNFCCC, resulting in the publication of the State of Climate Services Reports. It has enabled funding for climate services activities, through major projects such as the EU-funded GFCS Intra-African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Programme, a grant to advance climate services and related applications, as well as the EU- Climate Services for Africa call, a grant supporting climate service projects in Africa and the African Adaptation Programme in Africa funded by Norway facilitating development and access to tailored climate services in Malawi and Tanzania. Moreover, GFCS has provided a Framework for organizing climate service interventions in the DFID Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) portfolio, WMO and World Bank support through Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS), and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) support for the establishment of National Frameworks for Climate Services (NFCS) in its member states. NFCS have provided an effective institutional mechanisms to coordinate, facilitate and strengthen collaboration among national institutions and other key stakeholders, to improve the production, tailoring, communication, delivery, and use of climate services for national and local communities and are in various stages of development in 36 countries. NFCS action plans have provided an avenue for country financing as evidenced in the cases of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, where the World Bank used the NFCS action plans as a road map for their national investment portfolios. In Mali, the government has included funding of activities contained in the action plan for the NFCS in the budget of the Meteorological Service and has guided the investment programming of US$ 25 million in project resources. Similarly, the government of Côte d’Ivoire used the action plan to request US$ 20 million from the French Development Agency (AFD) to support implementation of climate services in the country. Moreover, the GFCS has contributed to legitimatizing NMHSs as leaders of climate services within their countries and has engaged in partnership-building across global, regional and national scales, thus supporting implementation of climate services. This document highlights the notable achievements of the GFCS over the last ten years. It profiles progress achieved in the foundational pillars: the user interface platforms, climate services information system, observations and monitoring, and research, modeling and prediction, with capacity development underpinning all pillars.