Antalya, Turkey, April 8, 2014
GLOBAL FEDERATION OF AGROMETEOROLOGICAL SOCIETES
The agricultural sector is the backbone of the global economy. Farmers must not only produce more food for a growing population, but also improve the nutritional quality of the food supply. Furthermore, agriculture is the primary means of livelihood for most rural areas, dominated by local indigenous customs and practices.
Despite the technological and scientific progress made in recent decades, a combination of drivers poses complex and novel challenges in global food security, safety and quality.
There are pressures for agriculture to be environmentally safe and sound and socially sustainable. At the same time, agriculture faces climate change and variability, as well as anthropogenic pressures. Climate extremes significantly impact natural resources, requiring close scrutiny for resource management, and, management of water, soil, and biodiversity must be efficiently addressed and managed in all Countries in a proactive manner. While food demand is increasing, conservation of resources and preservation of the ecosystem demand that the amount of energy, both direct and indirect, and chemical inputs consumed in agricultural practices be decreased.
Climate change and variability are now among the greatest challenges facing humanity. These complex and significant challenges to a more productive and sustainable food supply, while producing better quality food using fewer inputs are compounded by the need for agriculture to adapt to climate change and implement mitigation measures to help reduce greenhouse gases emissions.
The space domain of agrometeorology is the earth boundary layer, and it includes human activities: we feel the obligation to innovate by implementing climate-smart and resources-efficient agriculture. Weather and climate information for agriculture is then fundamental both in introducing new technologies (ITC-based applications of numerical weather models, forecast, remote sensing, advanced modeling etc.), and in making the better use of traditional knowledge to ensure sustainable yields, to improve ecosystem services, and to promote socioeconomic advantages.
The complexity of drivers facing world’s agriculture is widely recognized, but climate-related hazards and climate pressure on resources are highly variable between geographical areas and regions. There are significant challenges for developing proactive national and international actions that support the wider implementation of more sustainable, environmental-friendly and efficient land use and agricultural production across countries of the world with varying degrees of socio-economic development. All sectors of the agricultural production chain are players in the process to make such transition happen. This includes famers as primary producers of food to data providers, technical and scientific developers of resource tools as NMHSs, academic and research institutions, and local, national and global policy makers.
International cooperation, based on resources, knowledge sharing, and mutual understanding is absolutely essential to bring proactive tangible global advancement towards uplifting the living standards and contributing to agricultural and economic food production sustainability. Further, an organized means of compiling, archiving and disseminating information on these resources, knowledge, and cooperative efforts is necessary. With this background, the following is introduced.
ARTICLE 1 – NAME AND LEGAL STATUS.
1.1 The name of the Association is “Global Federation of AgroMeteorological Societies”, abbreviated GlobalFAMS.
1.2 GlobalFAMS is to be an autonomous, non-political, non-governmental, non-profit association.
1.3 The official language of the Association will be English.
1.4 The Association is established for an indefinite period of time.
1.5 The Association is constituted under the high Patronage of the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) WMO. The person delegated to operate in behalf of the Association during its constitutive phase is the VicePresident of CAgM, Dr. Federica Rossi.
1.6 Members of the executive Direction of GlobalFAMS will not receive any salary or stipends for their work. This should be considered as highly relevant for agriculture development and reducing poverty.
ARTICLE 2 – SEAT
2.1 The legal seat of the society is established in Bologna, Italy, via Piero Gobetti 101.
2.1 An operative seat may be established elsewhere by the current President.
ARTICLE 3 – OBJECTIVE AND MISSION
3.1 The objective of GlobalFAMS is to further promote and advance all sectors of agricultural meteorology by improving international, inter-Society cooperation and partnership, exchange of knowledge and education in all the related scientific, technological, environmental, social issues.
3.2 GlobalFAMS may act as coordinating platform of joint initiatives, promoted by its National member organizations, and as a synergy activator.
3.3 The purpose of GlobalFAMS is to promote the application of climate and weather information and services to agricultural production to reinforce global sustainable agriculture. GlobalFAMS is to promote the exchange of information, tools and experience, the development of knowledge in agrometeorology and agroclimatology in order to support the growth, and promote current awareness about more efficient use of natural resources and the reduction/mitigation of weather/climate related impacts and hazards by early warning systems for producers and managers. This is accomplished by:
– maintaining close contacts between member Societies
– co-organizing and sponsoring technical meetings, congresses, conferences, symposia, workshops.
– developing and implementing web site, social networking, e-learning
– producing newsletter and other information material
– any other means consistent with the statute.
3.5 GlobalFAMS is also to constitute a support for CAgM –WMO activities.
3.6 The Society acts disinterestedly, in the sense that it does not pursue primarily its own economic gain.
ARTICLE 4 – MEMBERSHIP
4.1 GlobalFAMS shall be an Association formed by National/International Societies, bodies or groups which shall be scientifically based in the fields of agrometeorology and related sciences, and their applications.
4.2 Ordinary Members, Honorary Members and Associate members are distinguished.
4.3 Ordinary Members:
4.3.1 To qualify for Ordinary member status, the Societies, bodies or groups must be, as the GlobalFAMS itself, autonomous, non-political, non-governmental, non-profit, and must have been active for at least one effective year.
4.3.2 New Ordinary Members shall be elected by vote of at least two-thirds of the Steering Committee. Any national Society fitting the description set down in subparagraph 3.1, 3.3 and 3.4 shall be eligible as a candidate for election as a new Member. In case a new applying Society has overlapping/analogous objectives and missions to those of a Society already recognized as Ordinary member, its admission must be approved by at least two-thirds of those present having right to vote in the General Assembly.
4.3.3 Companies and individuals who are the members of one of the Organizations within GlobalFAMS can automatically be affiliate members of GlobalFAMS itself, with no right to vote.
4.3.4 Each Ordinary member has right to vote.
4.4 Honorary members
4.4.1 Associations or Institutions having recognized representativeness, role, tradition in the field of Agricultural, Food production and Meteorology may be invited to become part of GlobalFAMS by a proposal of the Steering Committee. The admission is validated by the General Assembly with a majority vote of those present.
4.4.2 Each Honorary member has right to vote.
4.5 Associate Members
4.5.1. Associate membership is open to International or National institutions prepared and qualified to support actively the aims of GlobalFAMS. Associate Membership is proposed by the Steering Committee. The admission is validated by the General Assembly with a majority vote of those present.
4.5.2 Associate Members have no right to vote.
4.6 Membership of GlobalFAMS is subject to observing and conforming to the statute and all obligations arising therein.
4.7 Members may leave voluntarily at any time.
4.8 Cross Membership. The President of each Member Society shall ex-officio be a member, free of charge, of all other Ordinary Members.
ARTICLE 5 – THE STRUCTURE OF THE FEDERATION
5.1 The governing structure of GlobalFAMS is constituted by:
– General Assembly
– Steering Committee
5.2 General Assembly
5.2.1 The General Assembly is constituted by the Presidents or their representative delegates of Ordinary Members (one per Ordinary member) and by a representative of each Honorary Member. Associate members may participate, but they have no right to vote.
5.2.2 General Assembly rights and duties:
a) it nominates the Steering Committee members, the President and the VicePresident;
b) it deliberates and resolves the proposals and motions presented by the Steering Committe;
c) modify, when needed, the Statute and the Regulation;
d) acknowledge the admission of new Members according to paragraph 4 and on general issues emerging on GlobalFAMS
e) validate urgencies from decisions eventually taken by the President, authorize the President for any legal issue concerning GlobalFAMS.
f) resolve the resolution of GlobalFAMS
g) approve the exclusion of any participants.
5.2.3 The General Assembly meets ordinarily at least once every 2 years. The meeting can be telematic. Extraordinary meetings may also be called by the President when a written request will be formalized by at least three Ordinary Members, providing the reasons for which the request is done. In this case, the Extraordinary Assembly must meet within 30 days from the request.
5.3 Steering Committe
5.3.1 The Steering Committee is nominated by the General Assembly and is formed by the President and Vice President (elected from the Assembly), 6 members elected form the Assembly among the Ordinary Members, and one representative of CAgM, either the Vice president or a delegate.
5.3.2 Steering Committee is appointed for two years, and the members may be re-elected.
5.3.3 Steering Committee duties:
a) take the resolutions from the General Assembly;
b) be proactive in consulting and considering common opportunites for GlobalFAMS and inform the Assembly in due times;
c) collect and maintain the GlobalFAMS documentation;
d) carry out ordinary and extraordinary duty management when not allocated to the General Assembly from the Statute or the Regulation;
e) provide to the observance of Statute and Regulation rules;
f) The Steering Committee may propose working groups which have special interests at global level.
5.4 President and Vicepresident:
5.4.1 The President is nominated by the Assembly for a period of two years, and may be confirmed for additional two years.
5.4.2. Duties of the President:
a) Convene and chair the General Assembly and the Steering Committee;
b) embody legally and formally GlobalFAMS;
c) pledge and sign the administrative acts;
d) monitor the correct maintainance of GlobalFAMS documents;
e) ascertain that interests of GlobalFAMS are properly maintained;
f) fulfill and honor commitments provided by the General Assembly and/or the Steering Committee;
g) provide urgencies;
5.4.3 The Steering Committee may authorize the President to give some of his duties and functions to the VicePresident. In case of absence of the President, the functions will be exerted by the VicePresident.
5.4.4 The GlobalFAMS signing authority is the President. In his absence, the VicePresident will sign officially.
ARTICLE 6 – AMENDMENTS
6.1. The Statute may be amended by a decision of the General Assembly with three-fourths majority of effective Ordinary and Honorary members.
6.2 Arrangements for dissolving the Society
The Society shall be dissolved only by a decision of a General Assembly. Arrangements shall be made according to the law of the State in which the legal seat of the Society is located. Assets, which remain after dissolution of the GlobalFAMS, can only be transferred to another geoscientific Society acting for the public welfare.
ARTICLE 7 – COMING TO FORCE
7.1 The Statute becomes effective after adoption by the GlobalFAMS President, Vice-President and Steering Committee members once elected at the first official meeting. The Association has been constituted, after the formal meeting of the Presidents or their Delegates during Antalya (Turkey) official CAgM Session, hold on April 8, 2014.
ARTICLE 8 – REGULATION FOR OPERATING GlobalFAMS
8.1 The rules for operating GlobalFAMS are established through the Procedure Guidelines, prepared by the Steering Committee, and approved by the Assembly.
8.2 The Regulation may be amended by a decision of the General Assembly with a majority vote of those present
Article 1 – Members
The Societies Members of the GlobalFAMS are the ones participating to the first General Asssembly and are listed in Annex 1.
CAgM – World Meteorological Organization
Article 2 – New Membership
The President of a Scientific Society, body or group may ask to be admitted to GlobalFAMS by written request to the GlobalFAMS President, providing the Statute and the approval of the Society Steering Committee. The admission is regulated according to the Statute. 4.3.1 and 4.3.2.
Article 3 – General Assembly
The General Assembly is called at least 30 (60) days before of the data via e-mail. The Assembly may also met in telematics, once provided method of connection, place and time details. The Assembly is valid independently from the number of participating Members, and deliberated when the favorable voting is 50% +1 except in the cases otherwise provided by the Statute
The President of GlobalFAMS maintains minutes of the General Assemblies.
Article 4 – Elections
Voting is according to the secret ballot. Each voting Member may not be deputized for more than 2 Members.
President, VicePresident, Steering Committee are elected in two separate lists (list for Presidents, list for SC). The first to be voted is the list for President.
The non-elected candidates within the list for President may join the other list.
The President in charge at the election moment nominates a Secretary for the election and, if opportune, two tellers).
Electors may provide 1 vote for the President and up to maximum of 4 preferences for SC Members.
Will be elected:
President: the candidate from the list for President who will have the highest number of votes.
VicePresident: the first of elected in the list of the Steering Committee.
SC Members: from the 2nd to the 7th in the list of the Steering Committee.
The President can be the President of one Ordinary or Honorary member or a fiduciary, delegate by one of them .
The CAgM VicePresident or delegate has to be considered permanent member of the Steering Committee.
Open ballot may be open for proposals to modify the statute and/or the Procedure Guidelines and other possible collective decisions.
Proposals to modify the Statute must be ratified by the General Assembly and obtain 50% + 1 of the effective Ordinary and Honorary Members.
Article 5 – Steering Committee
The Steering Committee promotes initiatives to reach the objectives of the Statute.
The members come to force immediately after the elections.
The Steering Committee is convened by the President when necessary or when the majority of Members requires to convene.
The Steering Committee deliberates when the majority of the Members are present, favorable deliberation occur if voted by the majority of present Members.
Invited Ordinary, Honorary and Associate Members may participate to the discussion, but their opinion is not binding.
Minutes of the Steering Committee will be signed by the President.
Article 6 – President
The President is the official representative of GlobalFAMS ,has the faculty to nominate a technical Secretary to support in his functions, The Technical Secretary is entitle to participate to the Steering committee Meetings, with no right for voting. The steering Committee meetings, and the Assembly are chaired by the President of GlobalFAMS or, in his absence, by the Vice president or by the oldest Member, in this order. The President signs the minutes of all the meetings.
Exceptionally, the President of GlobalFAMS may represent in the Assembly up to two Members.
Articolo 7 – Communication
Official communications between members, Steering Committee, President and VicePresident will occur via e-mail, with acknowledgement of receipts.
Agro-Eco-Meteorological Society of China
Argentina Society of Agrometeorology
Brasilian Agrometeorological Society
Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
Croatian Agrometeorological Society
Hungarian Meteorological Society
Korean Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
Indian Association of Agrometeorologists
International Society of Agricultural Meteorology (INSAM)
Italian Society of Agrometeorology (AIAM)
Romanian Society of Agrometeorology
Russian Society of Agrometeorology
Slovak Bioclimatological Society
The Society of Agricultural Meteorology of Japan (SAMJ)