The WCRP Climate Research Forums are only possible because of the hard work and vision of our Regional Focal Points. The Regional Focal Points facilitate the exchange of information between WCRP and the climate research and support communities, stakeholders, and partners in their countries and regions. There are over 50 scientists from across the world who have been nominated as WCRP Regional Focal Points:

WCRP Regions*
1 Africa [Northern, Eastern, Middle, Southern, and Western]
2 South America
3 North [incl. Greenland] and Central America and the Caribbean
4

Oceania and Asia

  • Oceania [incl. Australia and NZ]
  • South-eastern Asia
  • Eastern Asia [China, Democratic People‚Äôs Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea]
  • Southern Asia [Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka]
5 Europe [Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western] plus Western Asia

*Unless otherwise indicated, the individual nations in these regions follow the UN protocol (source)

The role of a Regional Focal Point

Very broadly, the role of a WCRP Regional Focal Point is to facilitate the exchange of information between WCRP and the climate research and support communities, stakeholders, and partners in each country and region (as defined by WCRP).

These tasks may include:

  • Contributing to the design and implementation of WCRP communication and consultation activities in a country and region
  • Providing feedback on WCRP communication and consultation activities
  • Contributing to a list of regional contacts, with whom WCRP can exchange information and ideas and receive feedback
  • Exchanging information to institutions and researchers in a region about WCRP activities and opportunities
  • Exchanging information about activities and opportunities in a country or region with WCRP

These tasks are likely to evolve over time as we receive feedback from the broader community and as WCRP continues to implement its Strategic Plan.