Call for Partners: WMO-UNEP Global Hydrological Operations Platform

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Key words:

SDGs, water data, information sharing


National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) face myriad challenges to improve the quality and the relevance of their services to the growing needs of society, and especially those arising from floods, droughts, and water availability or security risks due to climate change. These challenges can include:
- Lack of information products and datasets to help understand and manage water resources ​
- Lack of information products and datasets to better manage increasingly more frequent extreme weather events, such as floods and droughts, brought by climate change ​
- Lack of capacity to predict future trends and hydroclimate patterns to better plan and adapt to climate change The overarching goal of the proposed work is to pilot an operational global hydrologic platform to assess the status of global water resources and provide flood and drought warnings. The platform will address some of the challenges brought by climate change, which have been listed above.


Name of Focal Point

Sulagna Mishra

Email of Focal Point



Activity Outcomes

1. The first operational platform supported and facilitated by WMO and UNEP
2. Connects to WMO regional climate and water centres for seasonal outlooks
3. Works at different geographical scales, from basin, national, regional and global
4. Fills the information gaps for the forecast of water availability in data scarce regions
5. Open and direct access for users

Estimated Activity Milestones


Current Partners

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Desired Key Capabilities of New Partners

Funding, Data and information sharing
Matthias Berninger, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Bayer

Matthias Berninger

Matthias Berninger (born 1971) is a former German politician and member of The Greens from 1993 until 2007.
From 2001 to 2005, Berninger served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection under minister Renate Künast in the second cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. After leaving the government, he was his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on economic policy from 2005 until 2007.
Since 2019, Berninger has been serving as head of public and government affairs at Bayer.