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RA II Working Group on Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services and Applications

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Terms of Reference

Under the guidance of the president of RA II and MG, and in collaboration with the relevant bodies of the Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services and Applications (SERCOM),
(1) Follow up on the resolutions, decisions and recommendations of the World Meteorological Congress, the Executive Council, RA II and RA II MG, Technical Commissions and the Research Board, addressing services and application related matters (Strategic Goal 1), for the activities to be undertaken at a regional level;
(2) Identify and regularly monitor critical gaps and needs for new and improved services and analyse related capabilities among Members, particularly for developing Members, including (but not exclusively) the implementation of the regional aspects of the Global Multi-hazard Alert System (GMAS), operationalization of objective seasonal forecasts and associated tailored products, Regional Climate Forums (RCFs) and develop a roadmap and regional implementation plan to support improvements and capacity-development activities (Strategic Goal 4), to be included in the RA II Operating Plan;
(3) Draft and update on a regular basis the RA II Operating Plan of the relevant components pertaining to services and applications, and monitoring the progress of the implementation for the RA II Session review and approval;
(4) Provide feedback to SERCOM on RA II Members' requirements and needs on weather, climate, water and related environmental services and applications including providing inputs to the proposed work plan of the Commission;
(5) Collaborate with RA II Members, SERCOM and other bodies, as necessary, to support, monitor and regularly review and audit relevant regional centres established by WMO bodies, ensuring that the services and functions being delivered by them continue to respond to the needs of the region and are in compliance with WMO standards and guidelines;
(6) Consult with SERCOM on the identification of common experts to assist with the sharing of regional priorities and requirements and the implementation of technical priorities and associated capacity-building activities;
(7) Facilitate the production of the pilot report on State of the Climate in Asia and the further development of the concept leading to the publication of a regular report on the State of the Climate in Asia;
(8) Propose and monitor RA II pilot and demonstration projects, workshops and forums, and share information on these in advance, with the support of Members;
(9) Facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experience and technology among RA II Members;
(10) Submit annual reports to the president of RA II, according to the RA II Operating Plan and share the report with Members and the Management Group of SERCOM.

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