Study visit of the Central America Regionalised Climate Scenarios Working Group

A delegation composed of meteorological services personnel from 6 Central American countries visit Spanish institutions to share experiences in the regionalisation of climate scenarios.

Madrid, 5 December 2022 - The meteorological services of the countries of Central America have for some years now been strengthening their capacities for the development of their own high-resolution climate scenarios adapted to local, national and regional scales, in order to improve their adaptation to climate change in all affected sectors. The EUROCLIMA+ programme has been supporting this initiative through the action Generation of Regionalised Climate Change Scenarios in Central America, which is being promoted by six countries in the region: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.

During the week of 28 November, representatives from these 6 countries met in Madrid to visit Spanish institutions and hold several training workshops with technical staff from the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), the Spanish Climate Change Office (OECC - MITECO), the Centre for Studies and Experimentation in Public Works (CEDEX), the Tajo Hydrographic Confederation (CHTJ - MITECO) and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Administration and Policies (FIIAPP).

Among the programmed activities, a face-to-face training session on regionalised climate change scenarios was held to analyse the work of the main lines of research of the Climate Modelling and Assessment Area of the AEMET. The participants also attended a workshop with the heads of the Scenarios Group of the National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (PNACC), who are maintaining the scenario viewer of the Spanish platform AdapteCCa, which is serving as the basis for its Central American counterpart, which was developed in a previous phase of the action. The visits to CEDEX and the Tajo Hydrographic Confederation have facilitated an understanding of the needs of the water sector as key users of the scenarios generated by the meteorological services. Finally, the group has also been able to make progress in the planning of activities for the year 2023.

Members of the working group agreed on highlighting the relevance for their respective countries of having the capacity to develop their own scenarios, something that will contribute to strengthening their institutions by allowing for a certain technical autonomy. Likewise, during the workshop, the importance of working on a regional scale was also highlighted, in order to face common challenges by sharing standardised climate information for the 6 countries. 

This visit has allowed the group to make progress on its work plan to update the viewer scenarios based on the latest recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as to learn about various experiences and the work carried out by Spanish institutions in the field of meteorology, climate and water in Spain and within the framework of the Ibero-American cooperation networks CIMHET, CODIA and RIOCC.


EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union and co-financed by the German federal government through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as by the governments of France and Spain through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.  

The Programme's mission is to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting mitigation, adaptation, resilience and climate investment. It is implemented according to the "Spirit of Team Europe" under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the AFD Group: French Development Agency (AFD)/ Expertise France (EF), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).


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