Climate Change Scenario User Workshops continue: Guatemala

EUROCLIMA+ has held a new workshop to train potential users of regionalised climate change scenarios in Guatemala.

Guatemala City, July 31st - A new virtual meeting has taken place in the framework of the action Generation of Regionalised Climate Change Scenarios in Central America, which is being developed by the EUROCLIMA+ programme. This action aims to strengthen national meteorological services, providing more precise climate scenario projections, which allow the anticipation of local effects from transformations in the climate system to adapt more efficiently.

The meeting was attended by officials from Guatemala's meteorological services, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), and other potential users of the country's climate scenarios. More than 60 people participated in an activity that served to present results to users of national climate change scenarios and to familiarise them with the use of the viewer of Regionalised Scenarios for Central America.

The activity has been carried out in collaboration with the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala (INSIVUMEH), the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), the Spanish Meteorology Agency (AEMET), the  Studies and Experimentation Centre for Public Works (CEDEX) and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy, coordinator of the action in EUROCLIMA+. 

During the meeting, Jorge Tamayo (AEMET) presented the support of the Ibero-American environmental networks (the Ibero-American networks of meteorology, water, and climate change) for the project on the Generation of Climate Change Scenarios. For his part, Ernesto Rodríguez (AEMET) made a general presentation of the action, with a brief tour through the milestones in meteorological science for the projection of scenarios, showing the results achieved in the project and presenting its next phases in preparation.

Among the key results is the development of a regionalised scenario viewer for Central America, which allows the countries of the region to project the different possible evolutions of climate effects on a reduced scale. The tool was presented by Willson Garcia of INSIVUMEH, one of the institutions that has participated in the development of the tool.

Finally, Luis Barranco (CEDEX) presented CEDEX's experience in using information from regionalised climate change scenarios for integrated water resource management.

The panellists highlighted the importance of sustaining and enhancing the Scenario Viewer, a fundamental challenge for the next phase of the project, forming a robust governance that allows maintaining its functionalities and improving information. They also pointed out the need to promote its use among the community of impact and adaptation. EUROCLIMA+ will continue working in this line with Guatemala and the Central American countries that are part of the initiative.

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EUROCLIMA+ is a programme financed by the European Union to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), French Agency for Development (AFD), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Expertise France (EF), International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), and UN Environment.

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