By BBN Staff: The Fifth National Climate Outlook Forum, a stakeholder’s meeting for enhancing the utility of seasonal climate forecasts, is being held at the George Price Center for Peace and Development in Belmopan City today.
Variations in climate influence most human activities either directly or indirectly resulting in losses or benefits. Understanding and making effective use of available climate information is therefore critical to ensure efficiency and sustainability, both in the current context and in the future, when climate change is expected to impose additional stresses on agricultural systems and human livelihoods.
The National Meteorological Service of Belize (NMS) provides weather and climate information and products of various timescales (daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal) to enable key economic sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, water resources, disaster risk reduction, energy, forestry and health, to anticipate, prepare and respond to climate anomalies and extreme events.
The NMS produces seasonal climate outlooks which can be utilized for addressing climate related risks at national, local and community levels.
The organization of this National Climate Outlook (NCO) is to present the seasonal outlook for the wet season (June-July-August 2017) and Six to Twelve Months Drought Outlook and to investigate pathways to integrate this product into sector planning based on its applicability.
The NCO serves as a key national platform for promoting a regular dialogue and inter-agency coordination in responding to natural hazards, climate variability, extremes, and change. Such a system encompasses a continuous cycle of forecast generation, dissemination, application, and evaluation of application results.
It is also expected to help the service provider, the NMS, to package climate information to the needs of stakeholders and communicate uncertainties in climate predictions. The dialogue process is intended to ultimately enable a shift to a risk management approach that makes use of probability forecasts building resilience of climate sensitive sectors.
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