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Capacity Building and Twinning for Climate Observing Systems (CATCOS 2)


Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : Capacity Building and Twinning for Climate Observing Systems (CATCOS 2)

Pays/Région : Mondial

Numéro du projet : 7F-08114.02

Phase en cours : 01.04.2014 - 30.09.2016

Partenaires chargé de la mise en œuvre : Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss

It is increasingly acknowledged that climate change will exert a tremendous influence on the three dimensions of sustainability, thus being a key game changer and global risk factor for sustainable development. In order to react on changes in the global climate system, decision makers on different levels must rely on a sound information and knowledge base. The latter is, however, often not available, since in many parts of the world, high quality data on essential climate variables is either still not available or not yet used for related climate services. Thus, in its first phase, CATCOS supported the establishment of high quality climate data providers, targeting countries in under-represented areas with respect to atmospheric and terrestrial observations (aerosols, greenhouse gases, glaciers). This has not only contributed to filling important data gaps, but also raised awareness of the value of systematic climate monitoring and thus ultimately added to the global effort of climate monitoring. While CATCOS 1 has delivered a sound groundwork for improving the climate knowledge and information base mainly focusing on global needs, the second phase will allow broadening the scope and including needs on the regional to local level (data for local climate services).

In order to reduce poverty and global risks, decision makers need to take their decisions based on sound knowledge and information. Based on the achievements of CATCOS 1, the second phase of CATCOS contributes to further improving the information and knowledge base related to climate change, which is considered to be a major global risk. It will work on different levels from local to global and in different countries and strengthen the links to other ongoing SDC activities.

Budget alloué par la DDC pour la phase en cours : CHF 3’090’000
Budget total du projet pour la phase en cours : CHF 3’090’000

Coopération Suisse

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