CREWS resources support the objectives of a bigger Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) operation therefore the objectives are aligned, to improve the quality of the Government of the DRC’s hydro-meteorological and early warning services, the weather forecasts disseminated through different media, including television, radio and internet, agro-meteorological information services and extreme weather warnings (mostly in urban areas and along fluvial navigation channels), and aviation services.
More specifically, CREWS additional financing expands the scope of the initial project, pre-appraised with the Government in March 2016, to develop capacities among stakeholders involved in early warning (civil protection, selected Municipal Councils, population in areas prone to flash-floods, navigation services for severe weather forecasting in large lakes).
- Institutional and regulatory strengthening, capacity building and implementation support. The project strengthens institutional framework and builds capacity.
- Modernization of equipment, facilities and infrastructure for basic observation and forecasting. The project supports hydrological and meteorological monitoring networks, transmission, data management and data dissemination hardware; refurbishment of facilities needed to support the services; and technical systems and software for performing meteorological, hydrological and climate modelling and forecasting.
- Improvement of hydromet information service delivery. The project provides technical assistance for delivery of more accurate, timely and user-friendly products and services to users and decision-makers.
- The project management will finance the following activities incremental operating costs such as technical design of sub-projects, procurement, financial management, safeguards, monitoring and evaluation, quality control and contract management and audit, studies and assessments required under various project components.