The power of partnership: Sparking public-private engagement in hydromet services
We stand at a historical crossroads. The need for hydromet and early warning services is at historical high due to growing population density, urbanization and more frequent events triggered by the climate changes. At the same time, scientific and technological capacity are progressing very rapidly, offering potentially diverse solutions to meet such demands. However, most advances are seen in the developed countries and supported by the private sector leaving developing countries with a gap in hydromet and early warning services. Creating an enabling environment for closer and strategic cooperation between the public, private and academic sectors is a prerequisite for effectively embracing novel solutions.
Against this backdrop, the session will present the recently launched report “The Power of Partnership,”discuss key recommendations for creating more vibrant public-private-academic engagements in hydromet sector and how these can be applied in the real world. The session will include the participation of public sector representatives (Singapore Met/Myanmar DMH/Ghana), private weather companies: IBM/The Weather Company, MeteoGroup, Accuweather, Weathernews, Google, Earth Networks, Meteo France International, select start-up companies both in developed and developing countries, and academia: National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Oklahoma University, select Universities from Asian and African countries. Audience participation will be welcomed throughout the session.
Organizer: World Bank / GFDRR
Partner Organizations: (i) Met service (Singapore Met); (ii) Private weather companies (HMEI); (iii) National University of Singapore