The initiative summarizes evidence from global databases and reports, four in-depth national assessments in Africa, and over 75 available regional and national studies/reports, resulting in analytical assessments and recommendations that provide an overview of the current status of hydrological information and service delivery systems, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. While illustrating why hydrological services in most countries cannot meet the needs of their populations, the initiative emphasizes the benefits of modernizing and maintaining robust Hydrological Services, while charting a path forward for sustainable investment.
Partners: Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank Group and World Meteorological Organization
Target Segment of the Conference: Hydrological Data Management
Relationship to other Conference Segments:
This initiative is relevant to all 3 technical segments (Hydrological Data Management, Hydrological Products and Hydrological service/Product Delivery) in view of the overarching potential global benefits of improved Hydrological Services and the investment needed to realize these benefits.
Connection to the development and delivery of a hydrological service for prosperity:
The initiative, through robust analytical assessment, quantifies the potential global socioeconomic benefits of hydrological services. It further summarizes the current challenges faced by hydrological services to deliver these benefits, and provides recommendations for sustainable investment to modernize and leverage hydrological services.