The Department of Hydro-Met Services (DHMS) of Bhutan, with the assistance of WMO and the GFCS Office, is conducting a a National Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF) to be followed immediately by aNational Stakeholder Consultation (NSC). Bhutan has been identified by the GFCS Partners as a focus for comprehensive multi-stakeholder support.
The First National Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF-1) in Bhutan is an operational activity that will set the stage for a regular dialogue between the provider of seasonal climate information, the DHMS, and users of climate information in Bhutan. NCOF-1 will assist stakeholder institutions in Bhutan in better applying climate information within their decision-making processes as well as providing valuable feedback on the needs of specific sectors.
The National Stakeholder Consultation on Climate Services (NSC) is a scoping and planning exercise to chart a road map for implementing specific climate services in Bhutan. The NSC defines the needs, priorities and roles of various stakeholders in Bhutanese climate services including those in the GFCS priority areas of agriculture, water, health, disaster risk reduction and energy. Participants in the NSC will represent a variety of institutions including: Department of Hydro-Met Services of Bhutan, other Bhutanese government departments, UN and international agencies, universities, research institutions and the private sector.
NCOF-1 and NSC in Bhutan are supported by the Programme for Implementing the GFCS at Regional and National Scales, funded by Environment Canada. Collateral support has also been provided by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.