• Organization TypeImplementing NGO
  • HeadquartersSwitzerland
  • Founded2015

Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative

CREWS works directly with countries to increase the availability of, and access to, early warning systems. CREWS focuses on ensuring that early warnings, related both to the weather and climate events are risk informed. Early warnings are risk informed when they reach the people and institutions that need them and exposed populations and institutions are sufficiently informed to know how to act. Objective and Scope The CREWS initiative supports Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to significantly increase the capacity to generate and communicate effective, impact-based, multi-hazard, gender-informed early warnings to protect lives, livelihoods, and assets. -CREWS investments are guided by the Revised Investment Plan 2016-2020. -The CREWS Programming Framework is aligned with international principles for risk-based, people-centered, multi-hazard early warning systems​, as described in Revised Operational Procedures Note No1 Programming and Project Development. -CREWS recognizes that women’s empowerment is fundamental for building resilience and that men and women access, process, interpret and respond to information and warnings in different ways. The CREWS principles for gender-sensitive programming is detailed in Operational Procedures Note No3 Gender-Sensitive Programming. -CREWS success is measured in the reduction of lives and livelihoods lost to extreme climate events (Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction) and contributions to the adaptation goal of the Paris Climate Agreement .The outcomes and outputs against which CREWS investments are monitored are set out in the Revised Operational Procedures Note No2 Monitoring and Evaluation. How They Work Country and regional projects are implemented by the countries with the support of international partners who provide technical assistance and capacity development. This includes the twining of two or more National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and by leveraging the expertise of regional and international institutions.The World Bank /Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) serve as Implementing Partners of the CREWS initiative assisting the selected recipient countries and regional organizations in the design of the projects and providing implementation support. CREWS Project and Pipeline Countries -Project and Pipeline Countries are found in the CREWS Investment Plan 2016-2020 document. -An ongoing mapping of LDCs and SIDS status and needs serves as the basis for identifying CREWS Project and Pipeline Countries.  Priority Countries: -Burkina Faso -Mali -Niger -Democratic Republic of the Congo -Pacific Region: covering Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue and Tuvalu, with some services extending to the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau and Vanuatu  -Papua New Guinea
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  • Switzerland (headquarters)
  • Geneve
  • 7bis, avenue de la Paix, Case postale 2300