Angela Michiko Hama (Switzerland) 1; Mischa Croci-Maspoli (Switzerland) 1; Andreas Fischer (Switzerland) 1; Elias Zubler (Switzerland) 1
1 - Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, Zurich, Switzerland
In response to the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)’s call for the establishment of national coordination mechanisms, Switzerland founded its National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS) in late 2015. The Centre is a concerted national effort comprised of eight Federal Agencies and Institutes and partners from academia committed to operationalizing the Framework at national to subnational level and creating synergies. Based on an agreed national adaptation strategy and plan for action, the NCCS is organized in the sense of a nationwide network and virtual centre.
The co-creation and dissemination of climate services isindispensable for effective adaptation and societal transformation. To overcome fragmentation and strengthen capacities leading to increased resilience, the NCCS acts as a network agent and knowledge-broker and pursues three main goals:
- bundle the existing climate services of the Swiss Confederation;
- foster dialogue among stakeholder communities; and
- co-produce new tailored solutions.
Thus, the NCCS supports policymakers from the national to local level as well as the private sector and society at large in minimizing their risks, maximizing opportunities and optimizing costs. The goals are reflected in the Centre’s new strategy that revolves around nine activity fields, all of which recognizing the importance of promoting knowledge exchange.
Key players have been attracted, services and stakeholder requirements mapped, and priority themes accordingly defined and populated. Specific studies are underway, addressing, inter alia, questions on water resources, health, risk management, and the spread of pests and forest functions. Overarching climate services include the new generation of Swiss climate scenarios to be released in mid-November 2018. All priority themes are designed in a user-driven fashion, collaboratively developed communication tactics enhance their exploitation.
Accomplishments include actionable first results from the priority themes, such as new insights into impact-based warning and climate-sensitive disaster risk reduction. To gain further traction, a multi-tiered network and communications strategy was designed and rolled out. Tailor-made outreach formats like workshops and the annual Swiss-wide NCCS Forum as well as media activities have been carried out. To ensure the uptake of the Swiss climate scenarios, a sector-specific roadshow is being devised as a follow-up to a large-scale interactive launch event. Moreover, a web portal is close to completion and aims to serve as a one-stop-shop for the provision of climate services, best practice and guidance. Tying these activities together, a targeted approach in creating and strengthening the interfaces and dialogues between the main stakeholders is ensured.