Standing Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Warning Services


Dr BETTIO, Lynette - Focal point- ( Australia )
Dr Jane ROVINS - Vice-chair- ( New Zealand )

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Terms of Reference

(a) To develop, maintain and coordinate with responsible WMO subsidiary bodies WMO normative/regulatory materials and recommended good practices related to the delivery of coordinated and synergized services to the general public and government authorities to support informed decision-making related to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and EWS, the protection of life, livelihood, property and environment as well as welfare and well-being of the population, noting that:
o Technical Regulations and other developed materials should build on good practices of Members in EWS and DRR services, public weather services, services for industries such as transportation, and impact-based decision-supporting services;
o Members should also build on the existing programmes and projects. Not limited to any specific hazard, timescale or region, this material should guide Members in adopting a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the key areas in disaster risk management, reduction and early warning;
o This should include understanding risk through hazard and risk assessment, reducing existing risk through preparedness, including the understanding of economic losses and damages, disaster risk transfer and finance and avoiding the creation of new risks, considering the vulnerability of the population in the provision of services;

(b) To promote and assist Members in close collaboration with RAs and responsible WMO Standing Committees in establishing regionally and nationally coordinated multi-hazard early warning systems, procedures and coordination mechanisms to reduce loss and damage from weather, climate, water and related environmental hazards and disasters;

(c) To assist Members in enhancing their service delivery capabilities and enabling effective implementation and compliance, including through the development of cooperative and supportive frameworks such as the WMO Coordination Mechanism (WCM) to better support humanitarian action;

(d) To implement innovative approaches and technologies into service design, considering user requirements and collaborating with external partners;

(e) To cooperate and make partnerships with external partners as needed to support Members in close collaboration with RAs for early warnings and DRR.

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