Revised Pacific Islands Meteorological strategy to be tabled at PMC meeting next week

by Pita Ligaiula in Honiara, Solomon Islands

A REVISED Pacific Islands Meteorological Strategy (PIMS) is set to be discussed at next week’s Pacific Islands Meteorological Council (PMC) meeting in Honiara.

The strategy set out the priorities to strengthen the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) in the Pacific region, to ensure they can effectively deliver their basic and core functions on weather and climate over the next decade.

It aims for improved weather services, improved end-to-end Multi Hazard Early Warning Systems, enhanced infrastructure for weather, climate and water and improved climate services.

SPREP’s Climate Prediction Service coordinator, Sunny Seuseu said PIMS is meant to ensure that emerging and evolving issues related to weather and climate are considered.

“Because of emerging issues coming in from this process, issues like ocean acidification that were not considered in the PIMS in 2012 those emerging issues are part of the review.

“There will be a new revised document that has consideration of the new areas to both climate change and disaster. There is a presentation that will be done by SPREP and WMO presented to the council on the new revised PIMS.

“There are 14 key outcome areas for the Pacific, these ranges from early warning systems, climate services, aviation and marine weather services and so on,” said Sunny.

The need for the PIMS to be aligned with global priorities such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) will also be discussed at the meeting.

The PMC will be held from August 14-18.