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GEO 2016 transitional Work Program

 

Strengthen collaboration between GEO and GFCS

Activity ID: 4

Objectives/motivations

A recommended action from the 2014 GEO Progress Assessment Report for GEO Members and Participating Organizations is to improve coordination between GEO and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), and to build linkages at the national and regional level between activities implemented under both frameworks. The GFCS Implementation Plan recognizes GEO as a framework for preparing services in the GFCS priority areas (Food Security and Agriculture, Disasters, Health, Water and Energy) and the 6 priority countries (Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Dominica, Moldova, Papua New Guinea and Tanzania) and notes that there is an opportunity for GFCS to collaborate with GEO’s ongoing efforts.

General description

Therefore, this GEO task will function as a general mechanism to build synergies between GEO and GFCS. The primary focus of this task is to identify targeted areas in existing GEO projects where collaboration with the GFCS could take place through clearly identified action. The task aims on demonstrating in tangible ways in which GEO activities can be used to help implement the GFCS at the national and regional levels. This will also enable member countries to engage and help develop and implement. Concrete activities between GEO and GFCS will be identified that could help demonstrate how these two entities can collaborate. The identified areas may serve as bridging areas and showcase mutual benefits.

Since  climate will be a cross-cutting topic in GEO’s next decade, rather than being a stand-alone Societal Benefit Area, this task could build a general interface between climate-related activities across the new GEO SBAs, the priority areas and pillars of GFCS, especially on observation and monitoring through the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). This will ensure to align and synergize GEO and GFCS activities in a mutually beneficial way.Task participants will be supported by both the GEO Secretariat and the GFCS office

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