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Drought not only affects all climatic regions but also it has the most disastrous effect among all natural hazards. The impacts of drought can be significantly reduced through a shift from a crisis based, reactive and piecemeal approach of emergency and recovery to a more proactive and risk-based drought management strategy. With the aim of supporting countries develop such proactive and risk-based national drought management policies, a UN-Water initiative on “Capacity Development to support the National Draught Management Policies (NDMP)” was launched in March 2013. The initiative brings together the following UN entities: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC).

After successful completion of three regional workshops for Eastern Europe (9-11 July 2013), Latin America and the Caribbean (04-06 December 2013) and the Asia-Pacific region (06-09 May 2014) , the 4th Regional Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa was held from 5-8 August 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop was attended by 40 participants from 12 countries: Botswana, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The purpose of this webpage is to present the detailed contents of the regional workshop for Eastern and Southern African countries.

Summary report_Eastern EuropeSummary Report

1. Background Materials

Workshop Banner

Workshop Agenda

List of Participants

2. National Reports

Botswana Country Report Presentation
Djibouti Country Report
Ethiopia Presentation
Kenya Country Report Presentation
Malawi Country Report Presentation
Mozambique Country Report Presentation
Namibia Country Report Presentation
Rwanda Country Report Presentation
Uganda Presentation
Tanzania Country Report
Zambia Presentation
Zimbabwe Country Report Presentation

3. Presentations

Session 1: Opening Session & Overview

Overview of the initiative, objectives and scope of the workshop
(Daniel Tsegai, UNW-DPC)

Session 2: Setting the Scene

Keynote address: Managing Drought Risk in a Changing Climate: The Role of National Drought Policy
(Donald Wilhite, University of Nebraska)

Biodiversity and Drought
(David Coates, CBD)

Session 3: Drought monitoring and early warning systems

Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Systems
(Robert Stefanski, WMO)

Efforts of Integrated Drought Management Programme in the Horn of Africa (IDMP HoA)
(Gerald Kairu, GWP)

Session 4: Vulnerability and risk assessment

Vulnerability and risk assessment
(Sergio Zelaya, UNCCD)

Session 5: Drought preparedness, mitigation and responses

Drought preparedness, mitigation and response
(Mohamed Bazza, FAO)

Session 6: Towards action plan – Developing national drought management policy

Towards developing national drought management policy:
The 10-Step Process

(Daniel Tsegai, UNW-DPC)

Links to other Regional Workshops

Page International Kick-Off Workshop
Page Regional Workshop for Eastern European countries
Page Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean
Page Regional Workshop for Asia-Pacific
Page Regional Workshop for Near East and North Africa Region
Page Regional Workshop for West and Central Africa countries