The National Stakeholder Consultation and 2nd National Climate Outlook Forum(NCOF) will be held from 14 to 18 in September in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The NCOF aims to bring together key stakeholders including the National Meteorological Services and key decision makers among the various sectors (Agriculture, Tourism, Water and Energy, Infrastructures and Health sectors) for better understanding of the benefits of using climate information services for planning and developmental activities. Thus, it will link weather and climate information being generated by the PNG National Weather Service with stakeholders, and their decision-making processes to improve application of climate information, particularly the seasonal time scale climate outlooks.
The forum will also create a national platform to facilitate regular dialogue process between climate information provider and users, in responding to natural hazards, climate variability, extremes and change.
The program will be designed in order (i) to create a platform for long-term dialogue process for providing climate information at relevant timescales through a regular and sustained multi-stakeholder dialogue process between information provider and users at different levels; (ii) to ensure that climate information products, including their uncertainties and limitations, are communicated to and understood by users and to explore the needs of the user communities; (iii) to encourage the use of the information to mitigate risks in climate-sensitive sectors, including, but not limited to disaster management, infrastructure, health, energy and water resources, agricultural sectors and tourism; (iv) to receive user feedback for improving usability of climate products and to discuss user views to make these climate information accessible, user-friendly and applicable; (v) to provide a platform for understanding risks posed and opportunities brought about by past, current and future climate.