The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology celebrated the World Meteorological Day in Honiara based on the theme "Observing our planet for a better future".

"The theme marks recognition on the scientific, socio-economic and hydrological services by the organization as a whole," the Environment, Conservation and Meteorology Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo stated.

He highlighted that the Meteorological Service is mandated with its ultimate vision to ensure that government workers in all sector in the country receive relevant weather information services for the safety of their lives, properties, and enhance the socio-economic development.

"Currently, there are seven manned meteorological station in the provinces, including an upper air observation, which is responsible for carrying observations all year around," Minister Lilo stated.

He revealed that the Ministry is looking closely at new services to provide the insurance of the tsunami warnings and aviation forecasting.

The CNURA government recognizes the essential role provided by the by the national meteorological service has provided an increase budgetary allocations to cater for provision of these services, Minister Lilo said.

"This year's celebration theme, "Observing our planet for a better future" underscores the importance of the meteorological observations basis for understanding the change that will affect the future of the planet earth."