Broadening understanding of the connection between climate and health is the aim of a two-day forum underway in Port Vila.

Changes in climate and weather poses challenges to both the environment and human health.

People and their communities become more vulnerable to disease outbreaks due to extreme weather events.

The National Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF) will highlight how human health is influenced by climate and weather and how it can be addressed.

The forum is expected to improve the understanding of how seasonal climate outlooks are produced, how they can be made relevant to the health sector and how they can be tailored to the needs of users.

The forum also aims to improve stakeholder knowledge in climate information and building cooperation between the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) and the health community.

Also, improving coordination and collaboration towards managing climate risks for the health sector.

NFOC is supported by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) with financial support from the government of Rusia through UNDP Regional Project Disaster Resilience for Pacific SIDS (RESPAC).

Experts in climate services locally and from abroad will be speaking on topics during the forum, which will be held at Ramada Resort.