New tool for policymakers to address climate change crisis

By Melissa Coade

Friday November 5, 2021

Petteri Taalas
World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa USA)

A new package of resources to help governments adapt climate science data to inform investment and policy decisions has been unveiled at COP26 in Glasgow.

The tool has been designed to help the international community ‘translate science into policy support’ by focusing on policy drivers and impacts of climate change and building resilience to extreme weather. In particular, the information can assist governments with adaptation planning for climate change and the development of proposals for climate finance. 

In determining effective climate actions, policymakers can also use a guidance document for the tool to recognise climatic and non-climatic factors contributing to socio-economic and environmental impacts.

The knowledge products are a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and include detailed technical guidance, case studies and two-online platforms with climate information. 

WMO secretary-general professor Petteri Taalas said the idea was to give governments a way to access the ‘best available science’ to make informed climate investment decisions.

“These resources will be valuable across a range of climate-sensitive sectors, including agriculture, coastal management, disaster risk reduction, energy, fisheries, forestry, health and water,” Taalas said.

One of the platforms contains climate information with projections of more than a dozen climate change indices, including coupled atmospheric and ocean monitoring and regional climate modelling.

Another platform provides online access to ‘climpact’ which is a calculation of more than 70 indices associated with climate impacts. 

WMO experts developed the knowledge products in consultation with national and international partners in Cabo, Verde, Cambodia, St. Lucia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Through continuing collaboration, WMO and the GCF will use our mutual networks to support and engage with the stakeholder community to demonstrate their applicability and gather user feedback for further enhancement of these tools,” a WMO statement read.


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