Climate adaptation project for South Asia highlighted at 12th RIMES Council meeting


The World Bank-supported regional project, titled CARE for South Asia, was featured at the 12th RIMES Council meeting.

CARE for South Asia, implemented by RIMES and ADPC, supports the region in building climate resilience by improving the availability of regional climate information and analytics, developing sector-specific climate resilience guidelines, tools and capacities, and promoting climate-resilience decisions, policies and investments. The project covers countries in South Asia, with an initial focus on Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.

At a session in the RIMES Council meeting, Carlyne Yu, Project Director of CARE for South Asia, said, “Climate data provide crucial information needed by governments, policymakers and end-users in decision-making. These decisions could be about crop production, infrastructure development or national planning. To support the use of climate information in decision-making across various sectors, RIMES will support the development of a Resilience Data and Analytics Services (RDAS) platform and national Decision Support Systems (DSSs).”

Climate data provide crucial information needed by governments, policymakers and end-users in decision-making. These decisions could be about crop production, infrastructure development or national planning.

RDAS is a platform for visualizing and disseminating climate data and analytics for countries in South Asia, while DSSs are tools that integrate climate data and analytics with exposure and vulnerability data to determine climate risks and to inform planning and decision-making. DSSs are being developed for agriculture, water resources, transport, finance and planning sectors.

“We’re on track in developing the systems. We will be using technologies like artificial intelligence, analytics, modeling and cloud computing to transform data from various sources into information products and services for sector-specific applications, in line with the Global Framework for Climate Services,” she added.

Meanwhile, ADPC, the implementing partner of RIMES, will complement the work of RIMES by providing advisory services for policy and investment interventions, promoting climate-resilient design and standards, supporting climate-risk management solutions, and supporting innovation for climate adaptation and resilience.

Similar to other regional events, this year’s RIMES Council meeting is being held online for the first time. The two-day event is attended by over 100 heads of national meteorological and hydrological services and development organizations from across Africa and Asia. The meeting was organized to discuss the progress of RIMES work in 2020, provide direction to RIMES work for the next decade 2021-2030, and share best practices on enhancing preparedness for, response to, and mitigation of natural hazards.


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