The participants of the WMO Conference, cosponsored by FMI and IRI, on Living with Climate Variability and Change", held in Espoo, Finland July 17-21 2006, being experts in natural disasters, public health, energy and the built environment, water resources, agriculture and food security, decision-related sciences, and policy and climate, declare as follows:
We recognise that every major social, economic and environmental sector is sensitive to climate variability and change, both of which are significant factors in each sector's sustainable development.
We agree that policy formulation and operational decision-making in climate sensitive sectors will be improved by more widespread use of climate knowledge and information in managing risks and exploiting opportunities (collectively referred to as climate-related risk management).
We recognise that the process of developing effective climate-related risk management works best if it is:
We believe that on-going collaboration at national and regional scales between sectoral partners and climate information providers will benefit all parties.
We note further that the practice of climate-related risk management is not widespread within many sectors and that there is a lack of awareness of climate-related risk management opportunities among numerous communities that would benefit.
We recognise the need for efforts to assemble disparate knowledge, to identify good practice, and to assess the value of and give visibility to climate-related risk management.
We recommend that collaborative mechanisms be developed that facilitate needs and requirements driven activities in climate-related risk management, and that they be used to improve the quality of climate-related risk management to the benefit of all.
These mechanisms could promote:
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