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- List of participants
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Michel Jarraud and Jean Jouzel
with the weather presenters during
WMO World Met Day, 23 March
 
Abstract 
 
Weather forecasts and hydrological information are a part of daily life in industrial countries but are largely absent from developing countries.
 
Recent studies underline that hydro-meteorological information can yield economic and social benefits, as well as gains in terms of security and quality of life. This is true for industrialized countries, as well as for developing and emerging countries.
 
Investing in this sector seems thus to be a good way of accelerating the economic development and growth, and of alleviating poverty.
 
This symposium gathered the experts and operational managers to discuss the financial and technical needs to produce quality information (observations and forecast), and the assessment of the social and economic benefits of these services, in various economic sectors such as: Heath, Risk management, Insurance, Industry, Energy, Agriculture…
 
Also, the symposium discussed the solutions and options to develop sustainable hydro-meteorological services.
Venue 
World Meteorological Organization HQ.
Room A (ground floor)
7bis, Av. dela Paix
Geneva - Switzerland
 
Scientific Committee
PRESIDENTS
Jean JOUZEL
SMF | LSCE-IPSL | Member IPCC
Stéphane HALLEGATTE SMF | Météo-France | CIRED | The World Bank.
MEMBERS
Martin BENISTON University of Geneva
Christian BLONDIN WMO
Pierre ECKERT Meteo Swiss
Marianne FAY The World Bank
Serge JANICOT Lab.d'océanographie et du climat
Jeffrey LAZO NCAR
Claude NAHON EDF Électricité de France
Alain PODAIRE Mercator-Océan
Alain RATIER Eumetsat (tbc)
David ROGERS Health and Climate Foundation
Youba SOKONA Centre Africain de Politique Climatique
AGENDA
Symposium hosted by Dominique Schibli (RTS, Switzerland)
 
Links on speakers name indicate that the presentations can be downloaded in PDF
 
9:00am
OFFICIAL OPENING
Michel Jarraud, Secretary General WMO (tbc),
Sandrine Salerno, Conseillère administrative de la Ville de Genève,
Jean Jouzel, president Société météorologique de France, member of IPCC bureau.
 
9:15am
KEYNOTE
Development, climate and hydro-met services
Seleshi Bekele (African Climate Policy Center, Ethiopia)
 
SESSION 1
What are the socio-economic & development benefits from better Hydro-Meteorological information?
 
10:00am
1a) Health and Disaster risk reduction
Hosted by Serge Janicot (Laboratoire d'océanographie et du climat)
Talks (15 minutes):
Debarati Guha-Sapir (CRED Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Belgium)
Jacques-André Ndione (CSE Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Senegal)
Discussion launched by Josef Hess (Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland)
 
11:00am
1b) Industry and Energy
Hosted by Kanta Kumari (World Bank)
Talks (15 minutes) :
Thomas Frei (MeteoSwiss)
Randall Spalding-Fecher (Poyry Management Consulting, South Africa)
Discussion launched by Gilles Verdan (GazNat, Switzerland)
 
12:00pm
Lunch with support of Canton de Genève
 
2:00pm
1c) Agriculture and Water
Hosted by Martin Beniston (University Geneva)
Talks (15 minutes) :
Ousmane Ndiaye (ANAMS Agence Nationale de la de la Météorologie, Senegal)
Benjamin Sultan (IRD - LOCEAN / IPSL Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat, France)
Discussion launched by Martin Beniston (University Geneva)
 
3:00pm
SESSION 2
How to develop sustainable hydro-meteorological services?
Round Table :
Abdou Ali (AGRHYMET, Niger)
Maryam Golnaraghi (World Meteorological Organization)
Kanta Kumari (World Bank)
Caroline Wittwer (SCHAPI Service Central d'Hydrométéorologie et d'Appui à la Prévision des Inondations | BRGM, France)
 
4:30pm
CONCLUSION
Stéphane Hallegatte (SMF | Météo-France | CIRED | The World Bank, France)
 
5:00pm
Symposium ends
Profile of the participants :
- Meteorologists, Hydrologists, Climatologists,
- Sustainable Development Leads & Civil Society members
- Political representatives and local authorities,
- Journalists, Weather Presenters (TV & Radio) from all around the world
- Researchers, teachers and students