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Climate and Weather Services Market Assessment - Revenue Generating Opportunities Through Tailored Weather Information Products

The availability, diversity, sophistication and use of weather information is increasing rapidly within the public and private sectors globally. International private weather companies are marketing tailored weather information products intensively and have generated considerable demand from private as well as government customers across a wide range of economic sectors, including agriculture, mining, forestry, construction and energy. The demand is also growing as a result of widespread negative impacts of climate change across these sectors. Although business opportunities abound, the commercial viability of new ventures in this intensely competitive market will be strongly dependent on highly specialised skills in product development and marketing, including the design of weather information products tailored to meet the diverse needs of aviation, farming, tourism and other sectors. This continental-scale market assessment, produced by C4Ecosolutions and commissioned by the UNDP, investigated how thriving commercial weather markets could be catalysed in the 11 African countries supported by the CIRDA programme, and how their NHMSs could maximise benefit they derive from such markets. Two main conclusions emerged: firstly, that the NHMSs should collaborate rather than compete with private weather companies; and secondly, that the NHMSs should embark on a phased transition to derive benefits from the national commercial weather markets.

Climate and Weather Services Market Assessment - Revenue Generating Opportunities Through Tailored Weather Information Products

The availability, diversity, sophistication and use of weather information is increasing rapidly within the public and private sectors globally. International private weather companies are marketing tailored weather information products intensively and have generated considerable demand from private as well as government customers across a wide range of economic sectors, including agriculture, mining, forestry, construction and energy. The demand is also growing as a result of widespread negative impacts of climate change across these sectors. Although business opportunities abound, the commercial viability of new ventures in this intensely competitive market will be strongly dependent on highly specialised skills in product development and marketing, including the design of weather information products tailored to meet the diverse needs of aviation, farming, tourism and other sectors. This continental-scale market assessment, produced by C4Ecosolutions and commissioned by the UNDP, investigated how thriving commercial weather markets could be catalysed in the 11 African countries supported by the CIRDA programme, and how their NHMSs could maximise benefit they derive from such markets. Two main conclusions emerged: firstly, that the NHMSs should collaborate rather than compete with private weather companies; and secondly, that the NHMSs should embark on a phased transition to derive benefits from the national commercial weather markets.

Using Weather and Climate Information for Agricultural Insurance in Africa

Explore the new opportunities improved weather and climate information could bring to lower risk and foster resiliency for Africa’s most vulnerable populations. This extended examination on agricultural insurance provides deeper exploration on a topic explored in an upcoming UNDP publication ‘A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services in Africa.’

Comparative Analysis of Gender-Responsive Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation under the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility

This infographic illustrates a quick snapshot of the gender and climate change-related context across the six countries participating in the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility (CCAF).  It examines and compares the relationship between both men and women and the specic physical, social, economic and environment conditions in each country.

Understanding What Works: Successful Gender-Responsive Adaptation Approaches under the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility

This infographic illustrates lessons learned and experiences on gender-responsive adaptation approaches in six countries under the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptaton Facility.

Addressing the Context: Gender-Responsive Adaptation Approaches under the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility

The CCAF portfolio is implementing gender-responsive approaches that address vulnerabilities while also empower women as drivers of adaptation. This infographic, the second in a series of three, presents how each project is working to address specic elements of the gender-related country context.

The Strategic Value of GEF-funded Cross Cutting Capacity Development

Cross-cutting capacity development (CCCD) projects help countries meet and sustain global environmental outcomes by strengthening key capacities that address challenges, and remove barriers common to the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) that the Global Environment Facility (GEF) serves. The CCCD projects also respond directly to national capacity development obligations, and comprise an important and strategic set of activities for improved decision-making for the global environment.

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