Early warning systems must be a priority

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The recently published Annual Report of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative released by the WMO, the World Bank Group Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has highlighted the need to further invest in multi-hazard threat warnings.

The report highlights the significance of cooperative action by the agencies to save lives and livelihoods by advancing early warning systems. Indeed, the CREWS Trust Fund has delivered over US$43m in project funding and made another US$270m from public funds available.

Projects in the developing world include using 3D printers to build automatic weather stations in Afghanistan, providing rural farmers in Burkina Faso with weather forecasts via local radio stations and providing residents in Fiji with advanced flash flood warnings.

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