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Solomon Islands Meteorology Minister urges counter parts in Tonga and the region to build a resilient Pacific

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 15/08/2017

 

The Solomon Islands Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Hon. Samuel Manetoali is appealing Pacific Island Countries to build their respective meteorological and hydrological services due to their vulnerability to impacts of climate change.

 

He highlighted this while opening the 4th Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) in Honiara.

 

In his address he said the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services play a vital role in monitoring of weather and climate to provide necessary services to ensure that the whole population is informed before an event occurs.

 

The meeting are discussing ways and opportunities to strengthen and ensure required services are provided for the safety of the people and their properties as well as a more economically vibrant society.

 

Meanwhile, the outgoing Chairman of the 4th PMC and Director of Tonga’s Meteorological Services ‘Ofa Fa’anunu, told the meeting, the council started with little hope of being supported and the profile of Met Services were very low on the development agenda.

 

But now, they have witnessed progress in its work through various activities. This includes the current enhancement of National Meteorological and Hydrological Service capacity in weather forecasting, early warning system, long term projections and improved climate services to support decision making through the Pacific Meteorological Council.

 

That is one of the Key Regional Goals of SPREP in its 2017-2026 Strategic Plan.

 

‘Ofa said that PMC also established expert panels to enhance sustainable weather, climate, oceans and water services for a resilience Pacific in the areas of Aviation, Marine and Oceans, Climate, Communication and Infrastructure and Education, Training and Research to assist its respective members.

 

He added that PMC has developed a roadmap on climate services to guide its work in the delivery of climate services as well as the Pacific Island Meteorological Strategy (PIMS) whose mid-term review was recently completed.

 

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