Virtual Exchanges

The IDMP Virtual Exchange Platform has been launched by the IDMP in March 2020 in order to strengthen the communication with partners and to share activity updates and opportunities to interact throughout the year.

This page contains the documentation of each of the past virtual exchanges. For IDMP partners who have a question or comment on the contents of a past virtual exchange or who would like to contribute to an IDMP activity, please contact us at


11 April 2024 – Virtual Exchange on non-traditional data collection methods for strengthening drought management  

Agenda, TSU Slides

Using large language models for assessing the socioeconomic impacts of droughts – Mariana Madruga de Brito, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) 
Integrating Agriculture Experts in Participative National Drought Monitoring – Monika Blahova, Global Change Research Institute (CzechGlobe) 
Partners’ initiatives:
Latest updates from the Global Water and Climate Adaptation CentreFiras Aljanabi, Technical University of Dresden  

Project OUTLASTTinh VU, International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change, International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (ICWRGC)

Report from the Global workshop on droughts in transboundary basins Hanna Plotnykova, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Video recordings


24 October 2023 – Virtual Exchange on Drought Indicators and Indices

Agenda, TSU slides

Focus on drought indicators and indices


The East Africa Drought Watch – Viola Otieno, ICPAC

Setting the scene: Updating the IDMP Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices – Robert Stefanski, WMO

Partners’ initiatives:

Update from CIIFEN – Mario Lopez, Consultant

EW4All – COPE disaster series, Lina Suarez, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, COPE Disaster Champions

Appropriation Of the Territory and Contribution to Flood Resilience with Student Collectives (La Iguaná Neighborhood, Medellín)  – Yéssica De Los Ríos Olarte, Colombia, Winner of the APFM and IDMP Youth competition

Water From a Rock Initiative / Youthmappers – Martha Djan; Jack Kgwale; Mulisa Mudau, South Africa,Winner of the  APFM and IDMP Youth competition

25 April 2023 – Virtual Exchange Flood and Drought Management

Agenda, TSU slides

Focus of this Virtual Exchnage was on World Bank and Deltares EPIC Response approach for flood and drought governance and its implementation tool and the EPIC Response Assessment Methodology (ERAM Tool).


EPIC Response Framework – Greg Bowder, World Bank Group

EPIC Response Assessment Methodology (ERAM Tool) and Application to Assam, India – Ana Nunez Sanchez, Deltares

Managing flood and drought together – an overview on practical approaches – Robert Stefanski, WMO


Partners’ initiatives

Antea Group – Impact-Based Risk Assessments, Tom D’Haeyer

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology – Wallingford – Drought Impact Forecasting in the UK, Lucy Barker

Vortex-IO – European WHYLD project, Guillaume Valladeau

Secretariat of the Water Convention – Global network of basins working on climate change adaptation, Hanna Plotnykova

Global Change Research Centre Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic – Clim4Cast project, Marketa Podebradska


Video recording

13 December 2022 – Webinar: Drought impact collection

Agenda, TSU slides – including links shared by partners during the Virtual Exchange

Focus on drought impact reporting:

Improving the 6 Andean Countries Drought Monitors through voluntary impact reports and dissemination – Mario Lopez

Tracking Drought Impacts – Lessons from the Field, NDMC – Kelly Smith

The EDORA project – Drought impact reporting and assessment, JRC – Dario Masante

Searching the Internet for Treasures − Publicly available Information for Drought Impact Monitoring, IDMP TSU – Valentin Aich


Partners’ initiatives

IWMI – South Asia Drought Monitor – update – Giriraj Amarnath

SISSA – Southern South American Drought Monitor – Cecilia Hidalgo

Deltares (IUCN, IDMP) – Policy Brief on NbS in drought contexts – Reinaldo Penailillo



Video recording

23 June 2022 – IDMP updates

Agenda, TSU slides – including links shared by partners during the Virtual Exchange

Partners’ initiatives

IHE-Delft – Water-related education – drought preparedness – Micha Werner

CIMA Research Foundation – Drought Activities/Initiatives – Gustavo Naumann

Water Youth Network – Introducing the WYN and its work on DRR – Samuel J. Kpator

Video recording


7 March 2022 – IDMP 2022-25 Strategy

Agenda, TSU slides

IDMP fact sheet Drought indices and indicators

Partners’ initiatives

IUCN – Nature-based Solutions for Drought Risk ReductionChris Magero

UNCCD – Updates on UNCCD Drought ActivitiesDaniel Tsegai

UKCEH – Good Practice Guidance for UNCCD Drought IndicatorJamie Hannaford

Chat /Links

Video recording

15 September 2021 – Annual Meeting Preparation

Agenda, Links

IDMP Regional Programmes Updates

IDMP Central and Eastern Europe

IDMP West Africa

IDMP Horn of Africa

IDMP in Central Asia

Partner initiatives

EU Joint Research Council – EDORA Platform

Uni Wageningen – 3DDD project

IWMI – Drought risk profiles in the SADC region

USQ – Future Drought Fund Australia / Australian Drought Indicator

HELP initiative – Flagship report on Drought

Video Recording

17 June 2021 – Webinar: Drought Early Warning and Forecasting

Agenda, Links

UNCCD Drought Day Theme

IDMP fact sheet


Towards regular drought status bulletins for irrigation systems in Central Asia using remote sensingProf. Christopher Conrad

The Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum’s drought outlooks – successes in providing actionable drought forecasts for drought early warning in Small Island Developing StatesDr. Cédric Van Meerbeek 

Drought Monitoring and Forecasting at NMHSs in WMO Region V: Impact and Value of  WMO SWCEM and CREWSProf. Dr. Yuriy Kuleshov, Dr. Andrew Watkins

Video recording


24 March 2021 – IDMP updates

Agenda, Links, InstantPoll results


UNU-FLORES – Resources Nexus Perspective on Climate Adaptation and Resilience (KlimaKonform)

Asian Disaster Preparednes Center (ADPC)

High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP)

IWMI Drought Resilience Initiatives in Africa and Asia

Video recording


19 August 2020 – IDMP global and partners’ initiatives

Agenda, Links, InstantPoll results





Global Drought Information System (GDIS)

Video recording

11 June 2020 – IDMP regional activities

Agenda, Links to activities, InstantPoll results


IDMP in the Horn of Africa

IDMP in Western Africa

IDMP in Central and Eastern Europe

IDMP in other regions

Video recording


25 March 2020 – IDMP updates

Download the presented slides.

Results of IDMP Virtual Exchange survey.DroughtCIM


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