The “Small Islands, Weather Together” partnership is designed to show how the small island nations of the world are working together to improve their vital weather and climate services. This initiative has been developed by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in support of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States which was held in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September, 2014.
What's the problem?
Because of climate change many of the world’s small island nations face an increase in the devastating impacts of extreme weather events such as cyclones and flash floods.
Many National Meteorological Services in small island nations still lack the basic infrastructure, technology and expertise they need to serve their vulnerable communities. So we know that investing in stronger weather and climate services could greatly help small island nations to prepare for extreme weather events and make important decisions about issues such as food security and infrastructure planning.
What do the leader's think?
In September 2014 leaders, donors and experts gathered at the third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa to discuss how to strengthen weather and climate services for small island nations. The World Meteorological Organisation hosted two special events to discuss how partners can best work together to strengthen weather and climate services for all small island nations. These televised events were moderated by the BBC World presenter Mr David Eades as part of the "Small Islands Weather Together" campaign.
Watch here as MORE key leaders discuss how small island nations are working to improve vital weather and climate services.
Watch Storm Islands
Storm Islands examines how small island nations can work together to try and reduce the impacts of extreme weather on their vulnerable communities.