African and Pacific Countries to be Priorities for Early Warning Systems
African least developed countries and Pacific Islands will be the first to benefit from upgraded early warning systems against weather and climate-related shocks under an action plan outlined at the United Nations climate change conference.
Mali, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and small island developing states in the Pacific will be supported to improve their early warning systems and forecast services with an initial US$ 12 million in funding allocated by the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative. Additional projects are under development.
Launched last year at the Paris climate change negotiations, CREWS aims to mobilize more than US$30 million by July 2017 and US$100 million by 2020. The international partnership seeks to strengthen risk information and early warning systems in vulnerable countries, and to leverage financing to protect populations exposed to extreme climate events.