by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Meteorological and hydrological services play an important role in monitoring the weather and climate, while providing necessary information to ensure communities are warned and informed.
This was highlighted at the 4th Pacific Meteorological Council meeting in Honiara by Solomon Islands Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon. Samuel Manetoali , Samuel Manetoali.
Manetoali said in order to boost the efforts in strengthening the meteorological and hydrological services in the Pacific towards building more resilient societies, is collective collaboration between the governments and the donors.
He said government and donors’ collaboration is important as it will boost the capacity to building more resilient societies, and deliver efficient Meteorological and hydrological services in the region.
This will strengthen existing services to deliver effectively for the people as most of the natural disasters that occur in the region are water and climate related.
Manetoali called on all member states to work together, share information, knowledge, skills and experience with others so each can learn from the other to move this effort forward.
“We must continue to assist each other. We must continue to work with our partners. We must continue to collaborate and share knowledge, experiences and skills in our effort to build resilient societies”.
Together with support from the government and donor partners, adequate resources will be provided to support the implementation of priority projects, initiatives and programmes throughout the region. He urged members to continue this effort to build a resilient Pacific.