Development cooperation

Meteorology cooperation in Ukraine


Ukraine is prone to extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and harsh winter conditions. Natural disasters threaten food, water and energy security, health and the country's development objectives. An integrated approach to disaster management, including weather forecasts, hydrometeorological and environmental monitoring, public awareness, disaster mitigation and reconstruction, reduces human and economic losses and benefits society as a whole. UHMC 's (Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center) capacity will improve to provide weather and early warning services at all levels. The vulnerability of citizens, society and sectors in Ukraine and south-eastern Europe to disaster risks, changing weather and extreme weather events will be reduced and preparedness will increase. The aim is also to increase the visibility of UHMC. The main beneficiaries are UHMC, the State Emergency Service, as well as central government, regions and local governments and target groups such as agriculture, water supply, energy, aviation and other transport sectors. UHMC and FMI signed a memorandum of understanding in 2018. The matter was also discussed at the Trade and Economic Cooperation Committee of Finland and Ukraine in 2018. FMI carried out an EU-funded TAIEX workshop in 2017 and a study trip to Finland in 2018. IL experts familiarized with different parts of Ukraine in 2018-2019. The project has a strong regional dimension that extends its results to eastern and southeastern Europe. This will be achieved mainly through South-East European Multi-Hazard Early Warning Advisory System (SEE-MHEWS-A) implemented by WMO. The project started in 2016 and the third phase is in the pipeline. FMI is involved in the cooperation. The project utilizes Finnish modern technology in the renewal of observation infrastructure and will offer opportunities for commercial cooperation. Vaisala's equipment are already in use at airports in Ukraine, but other Finnish companies are also working on environmental monitoring. The Ukrainian Government, potential donors and implementers will benefit from the planning documents and roadmap produced by the project for future modernization. The project will support the creation of synergies and cooperation between different stakeholders in the region and with neighboring countries.

Funding decision

2 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

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

Field of activity

  • Meteorological services 40%
  • Disaster Risk Reduction 30%
  • Public sector policy and administrative management 30%

Funding channel

Ilmatieteen laitos



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