Weather and Climate Information Services (WISER)
The WISER programme has been delivering transformational change in the quality, accessibility and use of weather and climate information services at all levels to support sustainable development in Africa since 2015.
Funded with UK aid from the British people, the Met Office has been commissioned by the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to manage the WISER programme. WISER delivers maximum value for money by working in partnership and collaboration, capacity building and leveraging funds to ensure long term sustainable delivery and improvement of weather and climate services.
Between 2015-2021 WISER focused primarily on East Africa with additional activity in the Sahel. Delivery ranged from focused national projects to large, complex regional projects through a range of partners, such as National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), International NGOs and European and African organisations, each with a range of strengths and areas of expertise. It has enabled enhanced information for over 3.3 million households and delivered in excess of £200 million of socio-economic benefit.
Discover more about the history of the WISER programme through this brochure and explore completed projects to date.
The WISER programme aims to deliver transformation in the generation and use of co-produced weather and climate services to support decision making at local, national, and regional levels, building resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Since March 2022, the WISER programme has expanded to include:
WISER Africa (formerly known as WISER 3) will include West, East and Southern Africa and is part of the FCDO Africa Regional Climate and Nature (ARCAN) programme.
WISER Africa will:
Build on the transformational change delivered through WISER to date and provide the opportunity to innovate and expand into new areas and partnership, while drawing on the lessons and best practice
Focus on mainstreaming weather and climate information services into policy, planning and decision making to ensure improvements are made and sustained
It is estimated that WISER Africa will benefit 6-8 million vulnerable people to become more resilient to weather and climate changes. It is currently in a detailed scoping phase, which is expected to run until December 2022 and will take the form of national, regional and pan-regional engagement with a wide range of stakeholders engaged in weather and climate activities.
Read further details on WISER Africa here in English and here in French. You can also refer to the Theory of Change, which is the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) tool used in the programme to identify and guide the impact the WISER Africa seeks to achieve.
WISER Africa has awarded the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and University of Leeds to begin the WISER Early Warning for Southern Africa project from March 2023, with more projects to be announced.
WISER Africa currently has an open call for proposals for the Sahelian region. Please submit proposals by 12noon (GMT) on Friday 24 March 2023.
WISER Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
A recent Met Office report on climate risk for the MENA region considered current climate and model projections to the 2050s, coupled with their interaction with regional socio-economic vulnerabilities. Following the success of WISER in East Africa and in response to climate risks such as these, FCDO asked the Met Office to expand the concept to the MENA region as part of its PHENOMENAL (Pioneering a Holistic approach to Energy and Nature-based Options in MENA for Long-term stability) programme.
WISER MENA will:
- Build on the transformational change delivered through WISER to date by drawing on best practice, replicating and scaling approaches to other regions
- Support new and innovative ways of improving the uptake of weather and climate information services
Read further details on WISER MENA here in English and here in Arabic.
Find about more about the regional evidence underpinning the WISER MENA programme in the WISER MENA Scoping Report: Opportunities for improved weather and climate information in the Middle East and North Africa (Also available: WISER MENA Scoping Report Summary and Appendices).
WISER MENA currently has an open call for proposals. Please submit proposals by 12noon (GMT) on Friday 28 April 2023.
If you have an enquiry relating to the fund management or project delivery of the WISER programme, please contact us. To find out more about opportunities to get involved with WISER, visit the open opportunities page.