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Technical workshop on collaboration among regional centres and networks

Apia, Samoa
2-5 March 2010


The SBSTA requested the secretariat to organize, before SBSTA 32 (June 2010) and under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA, a technical workshop on how regional centres and networks undertaking work relevant to climate change could collaborate, with a view to:

  • Providing information on the use of different methods and tools for various users and types of assessment;
  • Enabling users to share information on different methods and tools, including details on their application, limitations and usefulness for different types of tasks and users;
  • Facilitating a dialogue between users and developers of methods and tools to encourage the development and application of more demand- and stakeholder-driven methods and tools;
  • Enabling users to exchange good practices and lessons learned in accessing and applying data;
  • Promoting a dialogue between the providers and users of data in order for providers to better meet the needs of different users;
  • Disseminating good practices and lessons learned in the development and application of methods and tools;
  • Providing information on available climate models, scenarios and downscaled projections, including on their application, limitations and usefulness for different purposes and geographical areas;
  • Facilitating feedback between users and providers of climate models, scenarios and downscaled projections, in order to enable or enhance the development and to improve the usability of regional climate models and scenarios.

The workshop enabled around 60 representatives from Parties, relevant organizations, regional centres and networks, communities, and experts, to share climate data and information available in the public domain, exchange views on climate data and information needs within the context of adaptation planning, and possible roles of regional centres and other knowledge intermediaries in improving the provision, dissemination and application of climate data and information.

The workshop was held under the Nairobi work programme work areas of: Methods and tools; Data and observations; and Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling. Objectives of these work areas, as contained in the annex to pdf-icon decision 2/CP.11, are to advance sub-themes:

  • a (i), "Promoting development and dissemination of methodologies and tools for impact and vulnerability assessments, such as rapid assessments and bottom up approaches, including as they apply to sustainable development";
  • a (ii), "Improving collection, management, exchange, access to and use of observational data and other relevant information on current and historical climate and its impacts, and promoting improvement of observations, including the monitoring of climate variability";
  • a (iii), "Promoting the development of, access to, and use of information and data on projected climate change"; and
  • b (i) "Promoting the development and dissemination of methods and tools for assessment and improvement of adaptation planning, measures and actions and integration with sustainable development".


pdf-icon Final agenda (140 kB)

Report on the technical workshop


Session 1 - Introduction

Ms. Xianfu Lu
pdf-icon Overview of the Nairobi work programme (1335 kB)

Session 2 - Stocktaking

Mr. Jian Liu
pdf-icon The Global Adaptation Network (GAN) (318 kB)
Mr. Ian Noble
World Bank
pdf-icon From Awareness to Data to Information to Appropriate Action (4082 kB)
Mr. Gabor Vereczi
pdf-icon The UNDP experience (878 kB)
Ms. Angelika Planitz
pdf-icon Reducing the Risk of Disasters to Adapt to Climate Change (1249 kB)

Session 3 - Methods and tools

Mr. Roger Jones
Victoria University
pdf-icon Collaboration amongst Regional Centres and Networks (485 kB)
Ms. Jacqueline Evans
Cook Islands
pdf-icon Gaps, Roles, Opportunities (421 kB)
Mr. Khaled M. AbuZeid Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) pdf-icon CEDARE's role in climate-related programs and activities in the Arab region (North Africa and West Asia) (5667 kB)
Ms. Padma Lal
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
pdf-icon Regional Centres, Climate Change Related Networks and Tools: Pacific focus (261 kB)
Mr. Richard Warrick University of the Sunshine Coast pdf-icon Tools, methods and collaboration for adaptation: some  initiatives from the Pacific region (796 kB)

Session 4 - Data and observations

Presenter  Party/Organization  Subject
Mr. Jose A. Marengo, delivered by Ms. Xianfu Lu IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA) pdf-icon Baseline data for climate change impacts and vulnerability assessments, and adaptation planning (1897 kB)
Mr. Michael Sarbane Foon  Kiribati  pdf-icon Kiribati Perspective: Gaps and opportunities for regional centre and networks collaboration (589 kB)
Mr. Carlos Fuller Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) pdf-icon Data and Observations - The Caribbean Experience (732 kB)
Ms. Dorothy Akinyi Amwata Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) pdf-icon Data and Observations - The OSS Experience (1754 kB)
Mr. William Westermeyer Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) secretariat pdf-icon Data and Observations - The GCOS Experience (1682 kB)

Session 5 - Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling

Presenter  Party/Organization  Subject
Mr. Richard Jones UK Met Office Hadley Centre pdf-icon Climate modelling, downscaling and scenarios for assessing climate (change) threats and opportunities and planning adaptation (251 kB)
Mr. Raghavan Krishnan Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology pdf-icon Perspectives: Climate Modelling, Scenarios and Downscaling (3091 kB)
Mr. John McGregor World Climate Research Programme pdf-icon Current dynamical downscaling activities (2727 kB)
Mr. Christopher Jack University of Cape Town pdf-icon Cimate Systems Analysis Group (713 kB)


Previous workshops and expert meetings under the relevant work areas

Expert meeting on methods and tools and on data and observations.
Mexico City, Mexico, 4-7 March 2008

In-session workshop on climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling.
Bonn, Germany, 7 June 2008

Information for participants

pdf-icon Background note (364 kB)

pdf-icon Information for participants (146 kB)

pdf-icon General information of Samoa (620 kB)

Useful links

Calls for Action on:
pdf-icon Methods and tools
pdf-icon Data and observations (125 kB)
pdf-icon Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling

Action Pledges

Leaflets on the Nairobi work programme

NWP Partners Database
Information on partner organiziations