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Objective and Scope

The CREWS initiative supports LDCs and 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.

What we do

CREWS works directly with countries at high risk to climate extreme events. Country investments address priorities identified by national institutions to allow the identification of main risks, observation and forecasting capacities, early warning communications, and readiness to act on the warnings.

How we work

The Implementing Partners work directly with partner countries to build their capacity, improve their observation infrastructure, forecasting and service delivery, as well as their readiness to operationalize external funds.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the CREWS Trust Fund oversees the operations and activities of the CREWS Initiative. It comprises Decision-Making Members and Observers.

Implementing Partners

CREWS is a collaboration between the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).


The World Bank serves as the Trustee for the CREWS Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was established in September 2016. It administers the funds and reports regularly to the Steering Committee.


The Secretariat is hosted and managed by WMO in Geneva. The Secretariat supports CREWs operations, the work of the Steering Committee and receives and reviews project proposals.

CREWS 2017 Annual Report

The CREWS 2017 Annual Report highlights the results achieved in this first year of implementation in 19 countries through 7 national and regional projects.