St. Maarten to host Climate Outlook Forum | THE DAILY HERALD

PELICAN–St. Maarten will host the Wet/Hurricane Season Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum CariCOF in Simpson Bay Resort May 21-24.

Training of meteorologists and climatologists from the Caribbean about the art of climate forecasting will take place on May 21 and 22, followed by the stakeholder’s outlook forum May 23 and 24.

The focus of CariCOF 2019 is the wet/hurricane season, which usually has implications for disaster risk management, with perennial threats from tropical depressions, storms, hurricanes, floods and landslides.

Another area to be discussed is building capacity in the disaster management fraternity and regional organisations in understanding, interpreting and applying climate-related forecasts, including sub-seasonal and one-month, which will be key for decision-making during the upcoming hurricane season.

The development of a regional roadmap and plan of action (RPA) orchestrated by the Regional Sectoral Early Warning Information Systems across Climate Timescales (EWISACTs) Coordination Partners will be discussed with respect to its status as the region prepares for its implementation between 2020-2030.

Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson said CariCOF is a timely event, as it is being held one week ahead of the official start of the hurricane season. “We look forward to welcoming the Forum delegates and to having meaningful and productive discussions,” he said.

The Forum is expected to attract national disaster management officials, regional organisations and agencies representing climate sensitive sectors such as health, energy, tourism and water.

The forum is a collaborative effort of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) and the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS).

Source: The Daily Herald