India pledges $125,000 for climate services

India will grant $125,000 to support GFCS for improving projections on climate change.

Geneva: India will grant $125,000 to support Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) for improving projections on climate change and their impact on various socio-economic sectors, Science and Technology Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said Monday.
Addressing the 16th World Meteorological Congress (WMO) in Geneva, Bansal said: "India is prepared to contribute towards the establishment of this important framework through strengthening of its infrastructure in the region."

Bansal said the world needs to place major emphasis on the generation of improved seasonal and decadal forecasts along with long-term projections of climate change, extreme climate and their impact on various socio-economic sectors like water resources, agriculture, health, ecosystems and coastal areas in the region.

India supports the establishment of an Inter-governmental Board for Climate Services that would report to the WMO Congress and undertake the full and sustained implementation of GFCS, he said.

"India has set up a joint Indo-African fund and is initiating a programme on agro advisory services in Africa which includes transfer of knowhow for establishment of such a system," he added.

IANS

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