The Fifth Expert Group Meeting on the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR)

11 to 12 December, 2013 , Amman

 * Meeting Report
Final Report
 1. Event Details
Information Note
List of Participants
 2. Documentation
Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis
Summary for Policymakers
Report of RICCAR EGM
ESCWA Opening Statement
 3. Presentations
RICCAR Overview and Progress Update since RICCAR EGM-4
Session 1
Future Climate Projection over MENA region using REMO
Simulation Results and Committed for Future Projections
Next Steps on Development of RICCAR Ensemble Using Various Climate Models
Regional Climate Modeling Results and Ensemble using RCA4
Providing CORDEX data via Earth System grid Federation (ESGF)
Regional Climate Modelling: Uncertainty and Development of Ensembles for the MENA/Arab Domain
Session 2
Progress and Challenges in Acquiring Reliable Data for Hydrological Modelling
Using the HEC-HMS Model for Evaluating Climate Change
Regional Hydrological Modelling Setup and Preliminary Outputs
Session 3
Relationship between RICCAR and FAO-RWSI
Methodology for and Integrated Vulnerability Assessment
Session 4
Terms of Reference of the Regional Knowledge Hub (RKH)
Progress of the Regional Knowledge Hub Working Group (RKH-WG)
Session 5
Rapid and Systematic Climate Change Impacts
Climate Data and Related Projects WMO Processes
Session 6
Extreme Events in the Arab Region
Disaster Risk Reduction for Climate Resilience
National Disaster Loss Database
Session 7
Linking RICCAR Outcomes to the UN DA Project
UNDA Project on Strengthening National Capacities
Regional Climate Centers (RCC), Regional Climate Outlook Forum (RCOF) and Climate Watch Systems (CWS)

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) jointly organized with the League of the Arab States the 5th EGM of the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR) during the period from 11 to 12 December 2013 in Amman-Jordan. The meeting aimed to:

(1) Review the progress achieved on the Regional Initiative;
(2) Present the regional climate modeling results for the Arab Domain, including the contributions of various research institutions to the ensemble of climate modeling projections covering the region;
(3) Review the hydrological modeling results both at the regional and basin wide level to assess preliminary impacts of climate change on water resources;
(4) Present the TOR and criteria for the establishment of the regional knowledge-hub;
(5) Present the Vulnerability Assessment methodology agreed upon and select indicators used in this methodology;
(6) Discuss the procedure and future work needed to establish the RCOF for the Arab region.

This fifth expert group meetings was funded by SIDA under its project support for RICCAR, and chiefly coordinated with the SIDA project partners, namely the LAS, ACSAD, ESCWA, SMHI, UNISDR and the WMO.


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