Bridging the Resilience Gap: Evaluating Hydrometeorological Capacity in Economically Vulnerable Countries of RA VI

To inform planning and targeted assistance, WMO conducted a Rapid Assessment of hazard monitoring and forecasting capacity within 30 countries initially selected for support under the Early Warnings for All (EW4All) Initiative.

Meanwhile, a separate Rapid Assessment was launched by the WMO Regional Office, for the ten RA VI countries having the lowest GDP. In line with the objectives of the Pillar 2 Implementation Strategy, this targeted assessment examines seven components of the hydrometeorological value chain. Quantitative and qualitative data are gathered for each element through structured interviews that applied known early warning system assessment procedures. Following a weighting and analysis process, the responses are given scores from 1 to 5, with 5 denoting advanced capacity and 1 denoting no or basic capacity. 

In addition to assessing general hazard monitoring and forecasting capabilities, the concurrent Rapid Assessment looked at preparation for the top five self-identified dangers from a hydrometeorological standpoint within the particular framework of these ten countries. Even though a more thorough examination tailored to each danger is required, the assessment that was finished in seven of the ten countries that were scheduled to participate has already revealed weaknesses in the ability to observe and forecast these hazards. The assessment also took into account elements of the enabling environment, including laws, procedures for governance, and available funds and technology.