Workshop Participants and Facilitators at the opening of the workshop. Photo credit: GCU.

Workshop Participants and Facilitators at the opening of the workshop. Photo credit: GCU.

A three days workshop, which began yesterday, has highlighted the importance of meteorological services in weather forecasting and climate issues in Solomon Islands.

Organised by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services, the workshop draws participants from a range of government and semi-government organizations who are mostly users of climate services in the country.

The workshop aims to provide in-depth knowledge and understanding to users of climate and weather information in their respective areas of work.

Participants are from the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, Health and Medical Services, Mines and Energy, Fisheries, Prime Minister’s Office, SIEA and SIBC.

Meanwhile, the undersecretary for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Chanel Iroi says understanding climate and weather issues is useful to analyse and interpret information that can be used to plan and make decisions.

Mr Iroi made the statement yesterday at a workshop for government stakeholders on services provided by the Meteorology Division.

He told participants “having a better understanding of climate and weather issues is useful for analyzing and interpreting information which help users in planning and decision making in their participation in the socio-economic development of the country”.

Day one of the workshop yesterday looked at several areas – including climate services, basic climate science, types of weather forecasting, understanding of weather, climate and types of forecasting and variability.

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