Process Agenda and Activities
Process Agenda and Activities
Process Agenda and Activities
Process Agenda and Activities
Process Agenda

Climate services - the development and delivery of actionable information about climate patterns and trends and their impacts on communities, businesses and ecosystems - is essential to many aspects of policy, planning, and decision-making in Pacific Island countries.

About Climate Stories

 

NOAA, working through the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), undertook a two-year project (2012 to 2014) to support climate change adaptation in the Pacific Small Island Developing States. The project involved conducting a series of activities to enhance scientific and technical capacity of Pacific Island Developing States to provide climate services. With an emphasis on engagement and consultation between service providers and users, activities were carried out over the past two years and included building of regional networks, packaging and dissemination of existing climate-related products and services; development of new or enhanced products and services; and advancement of sub-regional and in-country training and core capacity-building. 
An important component of the capacity building approach was the development and conduct of the Climate Service Dialogs, 3-day workshops, designed to share climate knowledge, diagnose and enhance existing climate services, and build climate stories that can be shared within different sectors and communities.  The Pacific Islands Climate Storybook is a compilation of technical material, process guides, and activities that were used to conduct the Climate Services Dialogues and build Climate Stories.  Through the Climate Services Dialog process, local storytellers share climate knowledge and lessons learned as well as diagnose climate services to generate story topics that can be developed further into climate stories that include key messages. The materials include a model agenda reflecting process flow, breakout guidance that contains sample questions, and examples of outcomes such as historical timelines, and a climate story template. Background and technical presentations are provided associated with the various modules (e.g. Overview of Climate Services, Climate Change and Variability Concepts, and Communicating Climate). In addition, a set of Climate Stories created during the Dialogues is included that incorporates experiential knowledge and scientific data.  These stories help inform regional and local decision makers about the impacts of climate change and variability, highlighting key messages and best practices.