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