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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. 

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.



CREWS Project and Pipeline Countries


All LDCs and SIDS are eligible for CREWS funding. The CREWS Steering Committee regularly reviews information on capacity gaps, demands and leveraging potential across LDCs and SIDS to prioritize its investments. CREWS pipeline countries are identified in workdoc7 8th Steering Committee CREWS Pipeline and project preparation.

Project Countries and Regions:

Project Under Development:

  • Haiti
  • West Africa (additional financing)

Pipeline Countries:

  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Curacao incl. St Maarten and Aruba
  • Ethiopia
  • Indian Ocean region
  • Madagascar
  • Mozambique
  • Sierra Leone


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 Nationally Determinded 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: (