China-ASEAN Meteorological Disaster Prevention Workshop was held in Hainan

13-11-2017Source:China Meteorological News Press

From November 9 to 10, 2017, China-ASEAN Meteorological Disaster Prevention Workshop hosted by China Meteorological Administration (CMA) was held in Haikou,lHainan, with the theme of regional meteorological disaster monitoring, warning, and joint prevention, and risk assessment technical exchange. Representatives from NHMSs in countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and China, as well as delegates from World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Typhoon Committee attended this workshop. Mr. Yu Yong, Deputy Administrator of CMA,Dr. Zhang Wenjian, Assistant Secretary General of WMO, Ms. Kareff May Limocon Rafisura, representative from ESCAP, and Mr. Fang Shaomin, Deputy Secretary General of General Office of the People’s Government of Hainan province participated in the opening ceremony and delivered a speech respectively.

During the opening ceremony of China-ASEAN Meteorological Disaster Prevention Workshop Photoed by Huang Zhiqiang

Yu Yong expressed that “Belt and Road” Initiative put forward by the Chinese government aimed to build a new platform for international cooperation and provided further impetus for economic prosperity and collaboration in related countries and regions. In September, 2016, Nanning Initiative on China-ASEAN Cooperation in Meteorology was signed in the first session of China-ASEAN Meteorological Forum. This workshop is intended to implement Nanning Initiative and reinforce China-ASEAN collaboration in meteorological joint disaster prevention and risk management. He hopes that this workshop will accelerate technical exchange and pragmatic cooperation, and enhance regional meteorological support.

Zhang Wenjian remarked that CMA and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) signed the Letter of Intent between the World Meteorological Organization and the China Meteorological Administration to Promote Regional Meteorological Cooperation and Co-build the Belt and Road (hereinafter referred to as Letter of Intent). This has provided a key platform for regional meteorological cooperation and symbolized China’s sincere willingness to deepen this partnership. WMO is ready to advance China-ASEAN meteorological cooperation, which will set an example for this kind of cooperation in other regions.

Kareff May Limocon Rafisura stated that meteorological services played an essential role in disaster risk mitigation, build resilience, and technical renovation. ESCAP will sustain its support in areas such as disaster risk assessment, regional multi-hazard early warning system construction, technical exchange and financial assistance.

Fang Shaomin pointed out that it is highly relevant for Hainan, as a critical junction in maritime Silk Road, to establish joint disaster monitoring and prevention with ASEAN countries, and form disaster prevention and reduction synergy. He expected that this workshop will facilitate technical cooperation and exchanges, formulate information connectivity mechanism, share technological outcomes, and elevate regional resilience to meteorological disasters.

Representatives have engaged in in-depth exchanges in topics such as FY satellites application, disaster management, meteorological warning, Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), public meteorological services. On November 8, CMA and WMO convened a meeting on the implementation progress and future working plan of the Letter of Intent. (Nov. 13)

Reporter: Liu Shuqiao, Wang Tianwei

Editor: Zhang Yong