International Expert Symposium “Coping with Droughts”

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 4:00pm to Friday, 21 November 2014 - 4:00pm
Where: 
Chile, Santiago
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
k.verbist@unesco.org

Recognizing the importance of international collaboration to the development of effective drought information tools and the critical need for these tools in an increasingly water-stressed world, these expert meeting aims at creating a community of practice to support the development and use of drought information tools. This community will be embedded in regional networks, such as Aridas-LAC, the Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) and the UNESCO Global Network for Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI), in close collaboration with the Columbia University Global Centers.
The expert meeting has the following objectives:

-Exchange on the state of art and knowledge gaps on drought information systems (indices, monitoring, alert, data management, risk management).

-Evaluation of the value of information and the effectiveness of existing information strategies from a stakeholder perspective.

-Derive demand for innovation (research / implementation) regarding drought risk management for different integrated information strategies.

-Develop integrated approaches towards effective drought risk management considering the regional characteristics (climate, hydrology, cryosphere, storage, water demands).

-Establish a community of practice (research-institutions-policy) on drought management with the aim to develop solutions and proposals.

Main expected outcomes of the meeting are:

-Improved dialogue between science, policy, public and private sector regarding the state of the art to assess and manage droughts in drylands of Latin America.

-Formulated and documented research demand and need for action in the field of drought management in the region through the establishment of Regional Working Groups and the development of a ‘Declaration on drought Management’.

-Joint project proposals for the region are drafted and envisaged in line with donor requirements and funding options for drought risk management.