Development cooperation ,09.12.2020

Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS)


The specialized Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative saves lives, assets and livelihoods through increased access to early weather warnings and risk information for people in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) – the world’s most vulnerable countries. CREWS contributes to the goals of the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Agenda 2030. The risks associated with extreme weather events and the losses and damage they cause can be effectively reduced by anticipating, preparing for and strengthening climate resilience. According to several socio-economic studies (including the Global Adaptation Commission), the economic benefits of investing in weather and climate services are 4-20 times higher than the costs, depending on the destination country. CREWS was established in 2015 as a financing mechanism leveraging the expertise and specialist networks of its Implementing Partners the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Bank Group / Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). As of December 2019, the CREWS Trust Fund has invested US$ 37 million in projects in 44 LDCs and SIDS – and has mobilized an additional US$ 270 million from public funds of other development partners. More than 10 million people are benefiting from the new early warning systems launched in 2019 in Fiji, Burkina Faso and Papua New Guinea. Australia, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom contribute to the pooled CREWS Trust Fund and provide oversight to CREWS operations through the CREWS Steering Committee, which is currently chaired by Luxembourg. Canada supports CREWS objectives through WMO. Funding for the program is in line with the Finnish government's goal of increasing climate funding and directing half of it to adaptation to climate change, as well as targeting funding to Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The initiative complements Finland's long-term cooperation in the field of hydrometeorology.

More information to another website.)

Funding decision  09.12.2020

5 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Climate change - adaptation
  • Aid to environment
  • Disaster risk reduction

Field of activity

  • Disaster Risk Reduction 40%
  • Multi-hazard response preparedness 20%
  • Public sector policy and administrative management 40%

Funding channel

  • Maailman ilmatieteellinen järjestö
  • Maailmanpankkiryhmä



Code for the object of funding