Regional Consultation Workshop for an Integrated Climate Information Management System
June 21 – 22, 2016
Galadari Hotel, Colombo
A Regional Consultation Workshop on “Bridging the Climate Information and Communication Gaps for Effective Adaptation Decisions: An Integrated Climate Information Management System” was held on 21st and 22nd June, 2016 at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The Workshop was organized by IPS in partnership with the Department of Meteorology of Sri Lanka (DOM), Janathakshan, and South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). The Workshop was a part of an action research programme to identify and pilot test replicable Integrated Climate Information Management System (ICIMS) for vulnerable farming communities in Sri Lanka with potential applications in other developing regions too.
It was financially supported by the International Development Research Council (IDRC) of Canada. Delivering the welcome address, IPS Deputy Director, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon said “We at the IPS expects this workshop and follow up activities under this programme in the next two years, to strengthen our ongoing work in climate change adaptation in Sri Lanka”. International and Local experts in the field shared their inputs during fruitful discussions.
Agenda and Presentations from the workshop.
Introduction to the Workshop
Athula Senaratne, Research Fellow, IPS
Address by the Project Partners: SANDEE
Climate Change and Implications for South Asia
Heman Lohano, Senior Economist, SANDEE
Integrating Climate Risks in Agricultural Value Chains: Policy and Management
Enamul Haque, Professor, Department of Economics, East West University, Bangladesh
Weather and Climate Services for Small Farmers: Connecting Service Providers and Up-scaling Best Practices
Nambi Appadurai, Strategy Head (Climate Resilience Practice)
World Resources Institute, India
Communicating Climate Information to Small Farmers: Innovative Approaches
Sheetal Sharma, Soil Scientist/ Nutrient Management Specialist- South Asia, IRRI, India
Integrating Farmers Local Climate Knowledge and Probabilistic Weather Forecasting
Alfred Opere, Head, Department of Meteorology, University of Nairobi
Participatory Decision Support Systems and Tools to Reduce Climate Risks for Small Farmers
Jacob Churi, Lecturer, Deputy Director, Center for Information and Communication Technology, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
Innovating Climate Information Products (CIPs) in Sri Lanka: DOM’s Efforts to Improve the Existing CIPs
Shiromani Jayawardena, Deputy Director , Department of Meteorology, Sri Lanka
Innovating Climate Information Products (CIPs) for Agricultural Adaptation: The Role of the Department of Agriculture
Aruni Abeysekera, Assistant Director of Agriculture Research, Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka
Forecasting Techniques used for Preparing Outlooks of Seasonal Forecasts
Syed Mushtaq Ali Shah, Director, Regional Meteorological Centre,
Pakistan Meteorological Department
Dynamical Seasonal Monsoon Forecasting at IITM
Hemant Kumar Chaudhari, Scientist, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology