Submitted by Maria Carbonell on
CLARA (Climate forecast enabled knowledge services) is a Horizon 2020 funded innovation action set to develop a number of advanced climate services building upon the newly developed Copernicus Climate Change Services – seasonal forecasts and sectoral information systems. A portfolio of user co-designed and co-developed climate services will help to improve policy and decision makings in five priority sectors: disaster risk reduction, water resource management, agriculture and food (security), renewable energy sources, and public health. To foster the users’ engagement and co-generation of the services, we have established a Multi-User Forum (MUF) that comprises public bodies and authorities, irrigators’ associations, energy producers, civil protection, insurance companies, and other financial organisations. The MUF plays a crucial role in co-designing the innovative application, informing and reviewing the project’s development, and stimulated collaboration among the end-users, purveyors, and services providers.