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WMO Stresses Role of Climate Prediction in Water Management for Poverty Alleviation

Role of Climate Prediction in Water Management for Poverty Alleviation

2 September 2008: Addressing the World Water Congress, which

is taking place from 1-4 September 2008, in Montpellier, France, Michel

Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),

noted that agriculture, energy, tourism and health will be among the sectors

most affected by the impacts of climate change on water resources.

Recalling

that six of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relate to water

resources management, he said that the anticipated increase in climate

variability due to climate change was likely to result in severe floods,

droughts and cyclones, thereby having an adverse effect on the global efforts

being made to meet the MDGs by 2015.

He highlighted water resources managers'

need for accurate and reliable climate information, and said WMO has launched a

funding appeal to set up hydrological information systems that can provide this

kind information, in particular in developing countries. Among future

challenges, he mentioned: access to water and increasing demands; development

and optimization of the use of irrigation in food production; and competition

for water resources between food production and other agricultural sectors, including

biofuels production and hydroelectricity.

He also outlined the upcoming World

Climate Conference-3, scheduled to convene in Geneva, Switzerland, from 31

August to 4 September 2009, under the theme of climate prediction and

information for decision-making. [WMO press release, 2 September 2008]