CIS VanuatuSector Climate Information
Services (CIS) training

Project: To develop Climate Information Services (CIS) manuals, guidance materials and capacity-building resources to facilitate the uptake of CIS by five targeted sectors and their stakeholders

Client:  SPREP and Vanuatu Meteorological and Geo-Hazards Department
Participants:   Departments of Agriculture, Tourism, Water, Fisheries and Infrastructure
Timeframe: January 2019 – present

What the project involved:
Janita Pahalad and Amanda Amjadali will travel to Vanuatu and working with Melinda Natapei, the VMGD’s former Climate Manager, will consult with VMGD and 5 sectors to design sector specific CIS training manuals and guidance material.

CIS manuals

In order to fulfil this requirement, we are working towards creating tailored, highly structured materials and resources to support disaster risk management and climate change adaptation where the application of the CIS is the key driver. It will consider issues of access by end users, including commercial or non-commercial (free of charge) arrangements.

In order to do this, we are developing and creating training packages which will be part of a bigger resource library of climate training in Vanuatu. This new training program will align to the educational requirements and guidelines of Vanuatu’s national Qualifications Authority standards and National and Regional Frameworks (e.g. Vanuatu Framework for Climate Services (VFCS), VMGD Strategic Plan, Pacific Island Meteorological Strategy (PIMS) 2016-2027 and Pacific Roadmap to Strengthen Climate Services).

Though this training will be aimed at the climate sensitive sectors, various components can also be used by the VMGD to train its stakeholders in topics such as climate change, and climate variability.

Guidance materials

Vanuatu’s Meteorological Service puts out regular seasonal forecasts. These forecasts are scientific in nature and can be highly technical. As such, they cannot be understood by all potential stakeholders who might include fishermen, farmers and members of the community.

We are creating guidance material aimed at helping the VMGD put out less technical seasonal forecasts and climate information capable of being understood by all level of stakeholders.