PIMS: Pacific Island Meteorological Strategy
The Pacific Island Meteorological Strategy (PIMS) is a strategy document that supports meteorological bodies across the Pacific to provide related services to their constituents.
PIMS was written by PSS for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in 2011 with the aim of servicing the region between 2012 and 2021. It was slated for a mid-term review in 2016 and, we’re proud to say, Pacific Science Solutions was chosen to complete this important task.
However, in the years since PIMS was first written, such momentous frameworks as the Paris Accord, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific and the World Meteorological Organisation’s operating plans have been released changing the landscape significantly.
As such, we were also charged with re-writing PIMS and to come up with updated monitoring and evaluation frameworks in light of these new global and regional frameworks.
Our brief required us to:
- Undertake a NMHS survey by the Director (or their delegate): The feedback from this survey was crucial and determined how/if PIMS was redesigned and ensure all feedback was reflected.
- Undertake a NMHS user survey by NMHS’s stakeholders: This survey enabled the review team to assess if the PKOs under PIMS were still relevant to stakeholders or if they needed amendment.
At The Second Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology (held in Honiara on 18 August, 2017), it was recognised that PIMS “provides guidance on NMHS priorities in supporting sustainable and resilient development through the provision of sustainable weather, climate, ocean and water services;” and “the Pacific Roadmap for Strengthened Climate Services (PRSCS) provides guidance on how the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) is implemented in the Pacific Region.”