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.
- 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 and in Multi-hazard Early Warnings Systems: A Checklist.
- 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 No 2 Monitoring and Evaluation.
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.
The Steering Committee of the CREWS Trust Fund oversees the operations and activities of the CREWS Initiative. It comprises Decision-Making (Contributing) Members and Observers.
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 (UNDRR).
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.