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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

At the 5th Meeting of the CREWS Steering Committee, the CREWS Secretariat was requested to “consult with the Implementing Partners to propose a revised list of the CREWS Pipeline Countries for the 6th Meeting of the CREWS Steering Committee, based on an updated mapping of the level of demand, risk and leveraging potential”. The operation modalities are found in the Revised Operational Procedures Note No2 Monitoring and Evaluation.

  • Project and Pipeline Countries are found in the Revised Investment Plan 2016-2020.
  • An ongoing mapping of LDCs and SIDS status and needs serves as the basis for identifying CREWS Project and Pipeline Countries. 

Project Countries and Regions:

  • Caribbean
  • Caribbean Lessons Learnt
  • 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
  • West Africa

Pipeline 1 Countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Chad
  • Curaçao incl. St Maarten and Aruba
  • Ethiopia
  • Indian Ocean region
  • Madagascar
  • Togo

Pipeline 2 Countries:

Africa Asia Caribbean Pacific 
Cabo Verde Lao Haiti Regional (Phase 2)
Comoros Maldives Suriname (South America)  
Djibouti Myanmar Regional (Phase 2)  
Guinea Bissau Nepal    
CREWS Programming Principles

The following principles guide CREWS project development.

  • Country ownership: CREWS responds to priority activities articulated by countries, based on established relationships of the three Implementing Partners, through their portfolio of ongoing projects and contacts with national institutions. National institutions are engaged from thee early stages of programming and lead on implementation.
  • Targeting lifesaving needs: CREWS projects address countries and programmes without the capacity and systems to issue timely warnings or to take remedial action.  Priority countries to channel CREWS investments are identified based on ongoing mapping of LDCs’ and SIDS’ capacities and needs and the potential for leveraging additional resources.
  • People-centered early warnings: CREWS prioritizes investments that support early warning systems developed with the participation of the people and communities that most require warnings, as well as vulnerable groups to disasters and to the impact of climate change.
  • Gender-sensitive: 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.
  • Leveraging resources: CREWS projects provide long-term investments targeting improvements in policies, institutions, and programme design in countries.  The contributions of CREWS are expected to be relevant beyond the influence of its own portfolio of Country Projects. CREWS aims to increase investment levels and provide wider economic, environmental, and social including gender, co-benefits.
  • Integrated and inclusive programming: CREWS promotes programmatic alignment between the Implementing Partners and their respective expertise, networks of partners and ongoing programmes and operations.
  • Coherence and coordination: CREWS commits to ensuring coherence through its operations with other programmes on early warning and climate services and, in particular, to promote coordination between activities related to climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development.
Partner Engagement
  • The effective implementation of early warning systems requires close partnerships between many and varied organizations involved in hazard monitoring, dissemination of predictions, issuance of warnings and disaster management.
  • National and regional institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector are involved in CREWS, both in the design process for projects and their implementation.
  • CREWS draws on networks of expert institutions and knowledge linked to the three Implementing Partners—the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Bank Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (WB/GFDRR) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Amongst the relevant networks with which CREWS is actively engage are the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and the Inter-Agency Group on Disaster Risk Reduction of UNISDR.
Applying for CREWS Support?
  • Governments of LDCs and SIDS that have expressed the need to strengthen early warning capacity in their NationallyDeterminded Contributions or in national development and poverty reduction plans are eligible for CREWS support. CREWS emphasizes country ownership.
  • Funding decisions are made on continuous basis by the CREWS Steering Committee based on availability of funds. For additional information, please contact CREWS Secretariat at: (