HydroHub improves hydrological monitoring
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has allocated CHF 2.4 million to the WMO Global Hydrometry Support Facility (WMO HydroHub) to fund Phase II, which was officially launched on 1 September.
“The WMO HydroHub has proven instrumental in increasing the quality and amount of hydrometric data as a global public good decisive to disaster risk reduction, sustainable water management and environmental protection,” stated Simon Zbinden, Head of the Global Programme Water at SDC.
About 60% of WMO Member States and Territories report declining local water monitoring capacities. However, innovations in sensor technologies and data processing offer opportunities for enhancing water observation networks that are not being realized.
In 2017, WMO and SDC partnered to develop the WMO HydroHub Phase I to bring those opportunities to WMO Members. SDC provided CHF 2.7 million in funding over a five-year period to enhance support for hydrological monitoring to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) around the world and capitalize on the numerous opportunities arising from recent developments in innovation research, and data and information technology.
WMO HydroHub Phase I closed in August 2021 and now SDC has allocated an additional CHF 2.4 million to fund Phase II, starting in September 2021, for another five-year period. Phase II aims to enhance capacities of NMHSs in sustainable operation and effective delivery of hydrological monitoring services for disaster risk reduction, social and economic development and environmental protection. This will be done through the implementation of a portfolio of 10 activities including trainings and learning exchanges, innovation calls, workshops, and ministerial roundtables.
Mr Zbinden noted that “the project is fully in line with SDC’s commitment to a water-secure world” and called on other donors to “join this initiative to help step up global action on water and thus accelerate the delivery of the 2030 Agenda“.
The project has three main expected outcomes:
- Increased capacity: NMHSs with staff that have more technical expertise will be able to sustainably operate hydrometeorological monitoring systems with enhanced data management and improved national and international data sharing.
- Operationalized innovation: NMHSs will learn to continuously develop and innovate their hydrometric approaches and technologies in collaboration with academia and the private sector.
- Optimized engagements and investments: NMHSs seek out and act on development opportunities, which will impact the overall hydromet community through strengthened internal and external engagements that offer greater visibility, knowledge sharing and communication.
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