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National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS)

National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) mind map
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Launched by IMD
India's response to GFCS
When
Launched in 2024
Why
To enhance climate resilience
To bridge functional gaps in climate services
What
Based on Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)
Enhances production and utilization of climate information
Fosters collaboration among stakeholders
Tailored to India's weather patterns and stakeholder needs
IMD as nodal agency
Sectors of focus
Initially includes
Agriculture
Energy
Health
Water
Disaster management
Potential to incorporate other sectors
Transportation
Tourism
Objectives
Strengthen observational networks on land and sea
Enhance data collection and utilization
Tailor climate data for sector-specific needs
Support climate resilience efforts
Where
Across India
Emphasis on challenging terrains and oceans
Who
Spearheaded by India Meteorological Department (IMD)
Collaboration among
Governments
Organizations
Researchers
Policymakers
How
By bridging gaps among agencies requiring climate services
Improving data inflow
Running weather and climate models
Customizing climate information
Significance
Mitigates impacts on various sectors
Improves integration and data sharing
Prepares for new climate conditions
Identifies trends in key areas
Challenges
Gaps in weather data collection
Lack of long-term climatological data
Challenge of coordinating multiple stakeholders
Way Forward
Expand sectors covered by NFCS
Accelerate implementation in mission mode

The National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) in India, launched by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), is an initiative to enhance climate resilience and bridge functional gaps in climate services. It aligns with the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and is tailored to India’s specific weather patterns and stakeholder needs. The NFCS focuses initially on sectors like agriculture, energy, health, water, and disaster management, with the potential to expand to others such as transportation and tourism. Its objectives include strengthening observational networks, enhancing data collection and utilization, and customizing climate data for sector-specific needs. The NFCS faces challenges such as gaps in weather data collection and the coordination of multiple stakeholders but aims to mitigate impacts on various sectors and improve climate resilience. The way forward includes expanding the sectors covered and accelerating implementation in a mission-mode approach.

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