Hydro-meteorological hazards such as storms, floods, droughts, and heat and cold waves cause the largest proportion of losses from adverse natural events, triggering almost 80 percent of disasters and over 50 percent of disaster-related deaths from 1980 to 2011. The World Bank is rapidly scaling up support to the hydromet sector as effective early warning and hydro-meteorological services are essential to mitigate the adverse impacts of hydro-meteorological hazards. In addition, effective hydro-meteorological services can potentially increase the global productivity of weather-dependant sectors by up to US$ 30 billion per year.
Japan has been providing significant support to this important sector and indeed together Japan and the World Bank account for significant portion of support for hydro-meteorological services globally. In addition to the important donor/financing role that both the Bank and Japan play, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) are one of the most sophisticated National Hydrological Service (NHS) and National Meteorological Service (NMS) in the world, respectively. JMA also plays an important role as global and regional centres providing a number of essential services to NMSs in developing countries especially in Asia and Pacific under the coordination of the World Meteorological Organization.
The seminar will discuss the experience and challenges of hydromet sector development and how to potentially unlock the access to the Japan’s experience in national hydromet modernization programs as well as in development assistance to advance this important agenda.
Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group
Lead Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank
"Towards Effective Partnerships Supporting Weather, Climate and Hydrological Services" PDF | VIDEO
Director-General, Japan Meteorological Business Support Center, Japan
"Review of Japanese Meteorological Services and Lessons for Developing Countries" PDF | VIDEO
Mitsuhiko Hatori and Minoru Kuriki
"Modernizing Weather, Climate and Hydrological Services and Early Warning Systems: Emerging Lessons Learned in Japan" PDF | VIDEO
Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank
❖ The Seminar will be recorded for later viewing.