INSPIRE Knowledge Base


World Meteorological Organisation Region VI grouping (RAVI)
Mission and Objectives: 
To address European area concerns of the WMO Member States.
Formal Mandate: 
The WMO is a United Nations organisation.
The RAVI region 6 grouping has existed since 1950 and is very active with a regular schedule. WMO regional groups were formed to agree and coordinate special regional issues, communications between member states of the region, and exchange of data within the region and globally.
Region VI (Europe) 1. Albania 2. Armenia 3. Austria 4. Azerbaijan 5. Belarus 6. Belgium 7. Bosnia and Herzegovina 8. Bulgaria 9. Croatia 10. Cyprus 11. Czech Republic 12. Denmark 13. Estonia 14. Finland 15. France 16. Georgia 17. Germany 18. Greece 19. Hungary 20. Iceland 21. Ireland 22. Israel 23. Italy 24. Jordan 25. Kazakhstan 26. Latvia 27. Lebanon 28. Lithuania 29. Luxembourg 30. Malta 31. Monaco 32. Netherlands 33. Norway 34. Poland 35. Portugal 36. Republic of Moldova 37. Romania 38. Russian Federation 39. Serbia and Montenegro www.meteo.yu 40. Slovakia 41. Slovenia 42. Spain 43. Sweden 44. Switzerland 45. Syrian Arab Republic 46. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 47. Turkey 48. Ukraine 49. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
RAVI is the most representative grouping of WMO to address INSPIRE, but it represents the WMO organisation as a whole supported by the various technical grouping such as WMO Expert Teams. WMO has a private communications network used for international and regional data exchange which has existed since 1950. This is a highly developed, reliable and robust system which is used for operational (daily, hourly and more frequent) weather and related and health and safety bulletins. This is a highly interoperable system of metadata, data, protocols, formats which can only be changed through existing formal WMO processes.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Region VI (Europe - extended W E and SE)
    Societal Sector
    United Nations sub-grouping
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    The World Meteorological Organization is an intergovernmental organization with a membership of 187 Member States and Territories. It originated from the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), which was founded in 1873. Established in 1950, WMO became the specialized agency of the United Nations for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences
    Environmental application domains
    WMO Technical Commissions have been established for Basic systems, Instruments and methods of observation, Atmospheric sciences, Aeronautical meteorology,Agricultural meteorology,Oceanography and marine meteorology (jointly with IOC of UNESCO), Hydrology,Climatology.WMO Member States supply forecasts and services to almost all of the categories in note 17.
    Primary Business
    United Nations specialized agency for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences