WMO sets priorities


  • Randy Showstack


The fourteenth World Meteorological Congress, which met in Geneva, Switzerland on 5–24 May, has adopted a new, 4-year plan for the World Meteorological Organization, which includes a major program on natural disaster prevention and mitigation, WMO announced on 24 May.

The aim of the program is to enhance international cooperation and collaboration in the field of natural disaster activities. In initiating the program, WMO recognized that nearly 80% of the loss of life from natural disasters are of meteorological or hydrological origin.