Strengthening Hydro-Meteorological and Early Warning Services in the Pacific

Of the 4.3 billion people living in Asia Pacific, it is the 2.3 million inhabiting the Pacific’s Small Island Developing States (SIDS) who face the highest level of disaster and climate risk. The Asia Pacific Disaster Report 2019 rates the risk level as 3 to 4 times that of any other population in the entire region. The World Risk Report 2018 places five Pacific SIDS among its ten most at-risk countries in the world. The Pacific is on the frontline of the climate crisis. CREWS Pacific SIDS 2.0 is the second regional CREWS Project in the Pacific. This project is an extension of the CREWS Pacific SIDS project (2017-2021) and aims to upscale its efforts in the Pacific Region. CREWS Pacific SIDS 2.0 seeks to strengthen existing early warning systems that are part of the region’s stronger and more comprehensive human security and resilience agenda. The project contributes to the SENDAI Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, WMO’s Long-Term Goals and Strategic Objectives, the Kainaki II Declaration, as well as the priorities of the Pacific Islands Meteorology Strategy (PIMS) 2017-2026.