CREWS Caribbean: Strengthening hydrometeorological and early warning services in the Caribbean

CREWS Caribbean

CREWS Caribbean logoCREWS Caribbean is a US$5.5 million project financed by the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative – a global initiative to significantly increase the capacity to generate and communicate effective, impact-based, multi-hazard, gender-informed early warnings to protect lives, livelihoods, and assets. The global CREWS Implementing Partners include: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), The World Bank (WB) / Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

Launched November 2018 in Barbados, CREWS Caribbean: Strengthening Hydro-Meteorological and Early Warning Services in the Caribbean launched its first phase, designing a holistic strategy to strengthen hydrometeorological and early warning services (EWS) in concert with regional agencies and global partners, and through engagement with civil society organizations. Over three years, the project will design and execute priority interventions towards CREWS Caribbean's core objective:

Strengthen and streamline regional and national systems and capacity related to weather forecasting, hydrological services, multi-hazard impact-based warnings and service delivery for enhanced decision-making

CREWS Caribbean is the first CREWS project to leverage all three Implementing Partners. CREWS Caribbean is also working in close collaboration with key regional agencies: the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), and the Caribbean Meteorological Organization Headquarters Unit (CMO HqU).

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The three-year project targets both regional- and national-level priority areas to comprehensively strengthen hydrometeorological (hydromet) services and early warning systems (EWS) across the region. Project activities primarily focus on the 15 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries, though the strategy considers all stakeholders groups engaged in EWS and risk management.

Project activities and interventions are guided by a regional strategy (expected Nov 2019), which are implemented in three main components and one cross-cutting theme:

1. Regional Strategy and Identification of Priority Investments. Component 1 focuses on developing a regional diagnostic and strategy for hydromet and early warning services; identifies investments and training priorities. 2. Institutional strengthening and capacity building of hydromet services and EWS. Component 2 increases the capacity and capabilities of NMHS based on priority recommendations from the assessment of the 2017 hurricane season study and the regional strategy. Already identified activities include strengthening hydromet observations for EWS, such as severe weather forecasting and flash flood guidance. 3. Implementations of National-level pilot projects to comprehensively strengthen EWS. Component 3 will provide comprehensive interventions in pilot countries to advance people-centered multi-hazard EWS -- a streamlined process to increase preparedness and better target communications to reduce loss of life.

[Proceedings] Official launch event in Barbados, November 2018

[Report] Technical analysis and recommendations led by WMO following the 2017 Caribbean hurricane season

[Brief] Project Overview of CREWS Caribbean

CREWS Caribbean is the first CREWS project to leverage all three Implementing Partners. CREWS Caribbean is also working in close collaboration with key regional agencies: the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), and the Caribbean Meteorological Organization Headquarters Unit (CMO HqU).

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Global Partners:

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