Climate Risks and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Partnership

The global Climate Risks and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Partnership supports Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in creating necessary human capacities to generate and communicate climate and weather risks timely and effectively. This allows to save millions of lives and significantly reduce economic losses caused by natural disasters and a changing climate. Providing Swiss development, humanitarian and insurance expertise to the CREWS Partnership will contribute to increased impact and sustainability of public and private investments in this field.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Klimawandel & Umwelt
Reduktion von Katastrophenrisiken DRR
Meteorologische Dienste
01.12.2018 - 31.12.2025
CHF 9'000'000
Hintergrund Weather and climate natural disaster take a high toll on human lives and global economy. In 2017, hurricanes, wildfires, droughts and floods led to $330 billion losses according to the World Bank. This is the highest weather-related costs ever observed. Weather and climate services provide the basis immediate Disaster Risks Reduction measures but also for long-term climate change adaptation planning, including de-risking mechanisms (insurances). While adaptation to weather and climate hazards urgently requires early warning, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) in developing countries remain unable to meet this demand. The international community has become aware of this gap and launched the Climate Risks and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Partnership. Set within the World Bank Group (WBG) and implemented by the Global Facility of Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk (UNISDR), CREWS is an important mechanism to implement key multilateral agreements: the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement (on Climate Change), as well as the Agenda 2030.
Ziele The overall goal of CREWS is to support the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to significantly increase the provision of weather and climate services and the capacity to generate and communicate effective, impact-based, multi-hazard, gender-informed, early warning information to save lives, livelihoods, and assets.

Direct: National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in LDCs and SIDS

Indirect: National and sub-national decision makers such as sector ministries, city mayors and planners, small and medium enterprises, farmers, regional inter-governmental organizations, implementing partners, individuals.

Mittelfristige Wirkungen
  • CREWS partnership: The number of people reached in LDCs and SIDSs by early-warning systems of weather and climate-related risks issued by regional and national meteorological and hydrological services and associated response and adaptation plans with operational procedures has substantially increased.
  • Switzerland/SDC: Recognized global WMO/WB code-of conduct on hydromet/EWS established to ensure increased sustainability of public and private global hydromet investments.

Erwartete Resultate:  

CREWS; in 17 (10 LDCs, 7 SIDS) target countries:

  1. Building of services and capacities of NMHS on monitoring and early warnings.
  2. Investments with a high-impact in technology and leveraging of upstream large-scale investments.
  3. Regional and national response planning with operational procedures for effective early warning dissemination.
  4. Climate (seasonal, multi-year, and long-term) adaptation planning with a focus on high impact sectors (e.g. agriculture, health) established.
  5. Targeted, gender-informed education and public awareness programmes addressing linguistic diversity established.
  6. Partner countries enabled in monitoring the progress of early warning systems against the 2030 sustainable development agenda, the targets of the Sendai Framework and the adaption goal of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
  7. Creation of the Hydromet Alliance for Development, co-spearheaded by WMO, World Bank, and Green Climate Fund.


  1. Co-shape a new quality standard for public and private hydromet investments (code-of-conduct), based on long-standing Swiss expertise from SDC, MeteoSwiss and Swiss insurance sector
  2. Forge the institutional partnership with the WMO, UNISDR, and GFDRR, and foster synergies within SDC
  3. Prioritizing and designing smart interventions on NHMS and aligning those projects with efforts of SDC as a whole

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Internationale Finanzinstitution (IFI)
  • Weltbank - Internationale Bank für Wiederaufbau und Entwicklung

Andere Partner
World Bank Group
Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren GFDRR, UNISDR, WMO (HydroHub), Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), Green Climate Fund (GCF), SDC and SECO bilateral regional/country programmes such as CLIMANDES, CATCOS; SDC Global Programme Water and others.
Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   9'000'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   9'000'000
Projektphasen Phase 1 01.12.2018 - 31.12.2025   (Laufende Phase)