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The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water information agency and one of the few organisations that touch the lives of all Australians and all Australia, every day. The Bureau operates under the Authority of the Meteorology Act 1955 and the Water Act 2017. Our products and services include observations, forecasts, warnings, analysis and advice covering Australia’s atmosphere, water, oceans and space environs.

Our Vision: To be an organisation of global standing, that is highly valued by the community for our pivotal role in enabling a safe, prosperous, secure and healthy Australia.

Our mission: To provide trusted, reliable and responsive weather, climate and ocean services for Australia – all day, every day.

Our Focus: Our strategy is focused on four pillars of success, each given effect via whole-of-enterprise strategic objectives and associated actions.

  • Impact and value: Products and services that benefit the Australian community and drive competitive advantage for business and industries.
  • Operational excellence: Outstanding people, science, systems and infrastructure, working together for maximum simplicity, productivity and agility.
  • Insight and innovation: Deep understanding, creative thinking and enduring partnerships that generate novel solutions for our customers and our organisation.
  • The Bureau way: One enterprise, that is safe and diverse, where our people grow and are empowered to excel, and where our customers come first, trust us and consider that we are a pleasure to work with.
Promoting
standard approaches
to vulnerability and
impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought
monitoring and early
warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  •  Leads the setting up of hydrological monitoring systems standards
  • Prepares bi-monthly catchment reports and annual water accounts describing water availability status.
  • Sector specific mobile app- based information such as water in dams (updated daily)
  • Leverages linkages with Australian water utility network
  • Weather and hydrological forecast, maps, charts, and pattern models
  • Collects, stores and provides free, Australian hydrometeorological data.
  • Provides nation-wide consistent observational, meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic services
  • Provides other repurposed data services
  • Provides nationally-consistent drought monitoring and outlook services through the web
  • Enhances knowledge by conducting research and publishing
  • Participates in cost recovered targeted consultancies
  • Provides hydrometeorological forecasts across catchments and at point locations
  • Provides and publishes monthly ENSO update for Australia and the Pacific
  • Uses satellite imagery to determine weather patterns
  • Acts as node to distribute WMO drought information to Pacific Nations through Climate and Oceans capacity building Program in the Pacific (COSPPac)
  • Provides catchment based water resource assessments detailing trends and other information within Australia
  •  In partnership with other governmental branches, continue to provide water information and hydrometeorological forecasts giving drought early warnings to agencies
  • Helps to ensure constant flow of information
  • Acts as node to distribute WMO drought information to Pacific Nations
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UKCEH-Logo_Long_Positive_CMYKThe UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute carrying out excellent environmental science with impact. Our 500 scientists work to understand the environment, how it sustains life, and the human impact on it. Our focus is on mitigating and building resilience to climate change, preventing and reducing pollution, and creating healthy ecosystems. We believe that the best solutions are co-designed and co-delivered, and our partnerships cross borders, sectors and disciplines. Our research embraces ecology and hydrology in an integrated approach. We jointly study water quantity, water quality and freshwater ecosystem function, in pristine and polluted environments, and observe and analyze status, short-term variability, trends and long-term changes. We seek to understand the processes and pressures that affect water availability, refine our models to improve predictions of future conditions, and develop new tools and systems that enable sustainable water resources management. We recognize that drought is multi-faceted and embrace that complexity in our work. We have developed drought monitoring and early warning systems that predict the severity and extent of droughts; we assess the vulnerability of the economy, society and the environment to droughts; and we support water companies, regulators, policy makers and others to design effective mitigation measures to reduce and prevent the worst impacts of drought.
Promoting
standard approaches
to vulnerability and
impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought
monitoring and early
warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Drought indicator development & application
  • Drought risk estimation
  • Multi-sectoral impact analyses
  • Ecological aspects of drought: monitoring, assessment of vulnerability and impacts, management & mitigation (incl. bio-indicators, indicators of ecosystem status and recovery, environmental flows, etc.)
  • Water quality aspects of drought (incl. water quality monitoring, nutrient modelling, prediction of toxic algal blooms, etc.)
  • Training, education,  knowledge & skills transfer; capacity building
  • Real-time hydro-meteorological observations & monitoring
  • Hydro-meteorological network design & appraisal
  • Sensor design & development
  • Data acquisition, quality control & assurance, management &  dissemination
  • Web services, tools & portals
  • Water-situation (status) reporting
  • Seasonal forecasts & outlooks
  • Hydrological model development
  • Early warning & decision support systems
  • Knowledge-sharing on best practice & state-of- the-art systems
  • Drought visualization, interactive maps
  • Understanding  predictive uncertainty
  • Climate change projections at river basin, national, regional and global scales
  • Model development & application
  • Multi-model, ensemble approaches
  • Scenario development & application
  • Understanding  predictive uncertainty
  • Drought management plans’ review & guidance
  • Resilience testing
  • Policy guidance & recommendations
  • Historical reconstruction
  • Post-event reporting & analyses
  • Ecosystem vulnerability assessments & mitigation
  • Training, education,  knowledge & skills transfer; capacity building
  • Public & stakeholder engagement
  • Restoration & remediation measures for aquatic ecosystems (rivers, ponds, lakes & wetlands)
  • Restoration and remediation measures for terrestrial ecosystems (incl. drylands, rangelands, forests and urban ecosystems)
  • MEAL methods for assessing efficacy and benefits of interventions
  • Assessing the value of ecosystem services in drought-prone areas
  • Natural capital accounting
  • Establishing long term environmental accounting and monitoring systems
logo (1)The Drought Management Centre for Southeastern Europe (DMCSEE) was established to coordinate and facilitate the development, assessment, and application of drought risk management tools and policies in South-Eastern Europe with the goal of improving drought preparedness and reducing drought impacts. Its work is focused on monitoring and assessing drought as well as assessing risks and vulnerability connected to drought. DMCSEE has published a drought bulletin since spring 2010 and provides several monitoring products for South-Eastern Europe.  DMCSEE is hosted by the Slovenian Environmental Agency (ARSO).
Promoting
standard approaches
to vulnerability and
impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought
monitoring and early
warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Promotes risk assessment in frame of the EU civil protection mechanism
  • Conducts impact assessment for regional bulletin is performed using meteorological models and EUMETSAT data
  • Studies possibilities to apply soil model and high resolution remote sensing data for impact assessment (in frame of DriDanube project)
  • Published a drought bulletin since spring 2010
  • Provides several monitoring products for South-Eastern Europe
  • Involved in several regional projects to enhance preparedness and mitigation action in the region including the IDMP CEE.
  • Contributed to IDMP CEE compendium of good practices and guidelines for preparation of drought management plan
  • Preparing a regional strategy to improve drought response in the Danube region ( in frame of DriDanube poject)
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ICARDA_orginalThe International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is a research center whose mandate is to promote agricultural development in the world’s dry areas, located predominantly in developing countries. The rise of droughts and desertification of agricultural land has intensified the work of ICARDA. ICARDA engages in the in-field delivery of its research outputs, specifically with helping to solve the obstacles faced by resource-poor farmers. The aims are to help alleviate the larger problems of food insecurity and poverty while promoting sustainable growth in agriculture. Some of the interventions on the field by ICARDA include helping with water harvesting, conservation agriculture, diversification of production systems, integrated crop/rangeland/livestock production systems, and the empowerment of rural women.
Promoting
standard approaches
to vulnerability and
impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought
monitoring and early
warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Promotes agricultural development in the world’s dry areas
  • Conducts research
  • In-field delivery of research outputs
  • Develops technical, institutional and policy options for preparation and mitigation through effective technologies
  • Helps with water harvesting, conservation agriculture, and diversification of production systems
  • Directly helps resource poor farmers
  • Goal is to alleviate food insecurity and poverty
icpac-mobileIGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC)
Promoting
standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought monitoring and early warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Vulnerability assessment based on observed and projected climate anomalies
  • Conducts training and capacity building on methods and tools for vulnerability assessment
  • Organizes forums that bring together climate information producers and users, such as through Climate Outlook Forums
  • Supports member countries in development of drought policies and climate change policies.
  • Conducts and supports in-country mission and trainings and visits for capacity building for use of climate information
  • Provides climate monitoring and prediction services including running of climate models for generation of forecast and different time steps
  • Provides timely and regular early warning climate briefings to stakeholders especially in agriculture and disaster management sectors
  • Acquires and stores climate data and promotes the maintenance of quality controlled climate datasets within the region for climate diagnostics
  • Provides drought and flood climate information and climate impact information in 10-day, monthly, seasonal, and annual increments
  • Maintains and develops web-based climate information portals
  • Trains users and producers of climate information
  • Trains on climate change assessment
  • Provides computing facilities for generation of climate information
  • Collaborates with partners to provide research opportunities for climate scientists within the region
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International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a scientific research organization working on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI aims to provide evidence-based solutions to sustainably manage water and land resources for food security, people’s livelihood and the environment. Based on various resources such as world water and climate atlas or drought monitoring systems, this Institute helps developing countries to adopt a more effective drought management through integration of policies, technologies and management systems. The IWMI, GWP and WMO are collaborating in the framework of the IDMP on the South Asia Drought Monitoring System.

 

Promoting
standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought monitoring and early warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries
  • Drought monitoring systems
  • Water and climate atlas
  • Evidence based solutions for sustainable water and land management
  • Decrease food insecurity
  • Alleviate poverty
JRCThe Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service which carries out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy making. Its scientific work supports a whole range of EU policies in a variety of areas from agriculture and food security, to environment and climate change, as well as nuclear safety and security and innovation and growth. As the European Commission’s knowledge and science service, the JRC plays a central role in creating, managing and making sense of collective scientific knowledge for better EU policies. It hosts special laboratories and other research facilities that directly contribute to policy making with their research, expertise, and findings. With respect to droughts, JRC works on diverse aspects of monitoring, assessing and forecasting droughts at spatial scales ranging from regional to global. This includes the assessment of drought exposure and vulnerability for different economic sectors in the frame of a pro-active risk management. On the operational side, the Joint Research Center developed and manages the European Drought Observatory (EDO), thereby providing fundamental information and data on droughts across the entire European continent. JRC also develops a Global Drought Observatory (GDO) in order to provide tools for the monitoring and forecasting of droughts and their likely impacts in different parts of the world.
Promoting
standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought monitoring and early warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Provides information on droughts to relevant bodies
  • Develops methodologies for vulnerability and impact assessment
  • Runs drought monitoring and early warning systems
  • Develops methods for risk assessment
  • Provides scientific evidence base for risk assessment, drought preparedness and drought response
  • Provides information to support evidence based response to natural and man-made disasters
  • Advocates for pro-active risk management
logo_imta_2013_0The Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) is a public institution that works to address challenges pertaining to water management and sustainability on a national and international level. Its efforts aim to develop new approaches for research and technological development to protect the natural water resources while creating an efficient and equitable management and usage among users and stakeholders. The primary objectives of IMTA are to contribute to the sustainable water management in Mexico through the improvement of knowledge, technology, training, and innovation. It searches to develop and raise awareness for the water sector along with its pre-determined goals. IMTA employs laboratories for the development of water technology, while offering technological services and other products to improve water quality, water management through hydrologic innovative methodologies, irrigation and drainage efficiency, and awareness of the use of water at all socio-economic levels through social sciences programs and methodologies.
Promoting
standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought monitoring and early warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Addresses research and technological development on water management in the areas of hydrology, hydraulics, water quality, irrigation and drainage and social sciences to promote sustainability in Mexico
  • Works to ensure cooperation between national and regional bodies
  • Develops new and innovative strategies for monitoring and predicting droughts from national to local levels
  • Focuses on research and technological development
  • Develops action plans for improved resilience on extreme climate phenomena (droughts and floods)
  • Offers technological services to improve water quality, hydrologic management under extreme hydrologic conditions, water use efficiency on irrigation and drainage, among others
  • Works to raise awareness among stakeholders, managers and decision makers
K-water is a water-specialized public company in South Korea. Since its founding in 1967, K-water has played a leading role in securing safe water nationwide and ensuring water-oriented welfare for all people. K-water is also striving to cope with climate change, provide healthy and safe water, create new value for water, perform its social responsibility and resolve water-related issues around the world with its cutting-edge smart water management technology. In 2015, the National Drought Information-Analysis Center (NDIC) was established in K-water to prevent and alleviate droughts by supporting the establishment of national drought management policies, introducing a national drought early warning system, producing and sharing drought information, developing drought-related technologies, and providing international cooperation and educational services. By hosting the 2018 and 2019 International Drought Forum (IDF), K-water is also trying to reach a global consensus for national cooperation to cope with extreme drought caused by climate change.
Promoting
standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought monitoring and early warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Develops methodologies for drought risk assessment
  • Develops a national drought risk map
  • Conducts studies on drought damage quantization
  • Conducts an annual drought survey and improves drought analysis technology
  • Develops a national drought monitoring and forecasting analysis system
  • Develops drought criteria for every types of water resources and monitors the status of current droughts using real-time information based on ICT technology
  • Provides weekly & monthly drought outlooks and drought measure guidelines
  • Supports municipal mid- and long-term drought mitigation strategies considering regional characteristics
  • Develops and provides a drought response decision support system
  • Supports emergency water for drought prone areas
  • Develops and operates a real-time national drought damage (emergency water supply area) monitoring system
  • Provides drought education services to public by operating a drought education and experience facility
  • Supports diverse drought information using the national drought information portal
cbd-logo-en-greenThe United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was created in light of the international community’s growing commitment to sustainable development. Its aim is to conserve biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the equitable sharing of the benefits of its genetic resources. The CBD adopted a Strategic Plan for Biodiversity for the years 2011-2020, including a specific set of targets to be reached by 2020. Some of the targets include reducing the loss of natural habitats, conserving 17 percent of terrestrial and inland water areas, and restoring at least 15 percent of degraded ecosystems, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation and to combating desertification.
Promoting
standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought monitoring and early warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Risk evaluation, impact and vulnerability assessment
  • Early warning system
  • Programs exist to aid local communities in sustainable development
  • Mitigation actions and preparedness through better ecosystems and biodiversity management
  • Increase biological diversity
  • Reduce loss of natural habitats
  • Conserve mineral and other coastal reefs
  • A set of targets were introduced as part of the Strategic Plan
 UNDPThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works throughout the world to help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. UNDP focuses principally on three main issues namely; sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience. Through all their activities, UNDP encourages the respect of human rights and the empowerment of the most vulnerable communities. UNDP’s work on climate and disaster resilience consists on integrating issues of climate and disaster risk at the national level, and more particularly to build resilience and ensure that development remains risk-informed and sustainable. Through a risk assessment and other measures, UNDP undertakes multi-layered capacity building to prevent, mitigate and prepare for natural hazards such as droughts. For instance, the Programme provides assistance to establish early warning systems, design evacuation roads and strengthen infrastructure.
Promoting
standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought monitoring and early warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Works on disaster resilience, sustainable development and peace building
  • Provides assistance to establish early warning systems
  • Supports the government and at-risk populations to take both preparatory and preventative measures before hazards strike
  • Undertakes multi-layered capacity building to prevent, mitigate and prepare drought
  • Supports pre-disaster recovery planning
  • Integrates preparedness for recovery as part of UNDAF
  • Integrates climate and disaster risk
  • Builds resilience
  • Makes development sustainable
  • Guides Post-Disaster Needs Assessment
  • Serves as the lead UN agency within Inter-Agency Standing Committee and host Global Cluster for Early Recovery
  • Focuses on building resilience and ensuring that development remains risk-informed and sustainable
  • Guides policy, trains communities and first responders, help planners and integrates disaster risk reduction strategies into national/sub-national development plans
unu-flores_logo-300dpiThe United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) is a think tank and post-graduate teaching entity dedicated to knowledge creation and transfer through capacity development activities. Working at the interface between policy and science, its mission is to contribute to the resolution of the sustainable use and integrated management of environment resources. It aims to advance and develop integrated management strategies pertaining to environmental resources. Its vision is to promote the sustainable management and development of water, soil, and waste. It is a research institution committed to the dissemination of knowledge.
Promoting
standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought monitoring and early warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Think tank and post-graduate teaching center implementing capacity development and knowledge transfer activities
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Promotes sustainable development and disaster risk reduction through advancing a Nexus Approach to the management environmental resources: water, soil, and waste
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  • Think tank applying a Nexus Approach to develop and evaluate resource management strategies.
  • UNU-FLORES is committed to making this knowledge available in open and accessible formats
downloadFor more than forty years, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) represents one of Australia’s leading education programs in Australia through on-campus, off-campus and online courses for local/home and international students. Representing an institution of higher learning and education, USQ plays a key role in advising and educating present and future leaders, professionals and policy makers. Additionally, through multi-disciplinary research programs such as the International Centre for Applied Climate Science (ICACS), this University provides the necessary resources to develop skills and knowledge to tackle various issues such as national and global climate sciences challenges and agricultural applications. To confront these issues, USQ provides strong underpinning scientific capabilities in the field and develop climate models as well as integrated climate/agricultural modeling and output.
Promoting
standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought monitoring and early warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Educational and research institution
  • Advisory role for policy makers and agricultural industry
  • Develops climate models and agricultural production, risk management, and insurance models
  • Initiates research programs to develop knowledge on the climate, the environment, and agricultural and agribusiness applications
  • Aims to tackle sustainable agricultural practices, globally
  • Advocates for strong knowledge based communities of involved members
Since 1944, the World Bank represents a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. This international financial institution helps developing countries to manage a wide range of sectors through policy advice, research and analysis, and technical assistance1. Furthermore, the World Bank supports countries to assess exposure to hazards and address disaster risk by promoting a comprehensive and multi-sector approach to managing disaster risk2. In particular, as a result of climate variability and change, more teams are being requested to support client countries on drought management and preparedness. These requests prove to be a challenge because the World Bank does not yet have a strategic approach to drought, which is not only a water issue but cuts across many sectors and takes considerable coordination and collaboration. Consequently, the World Bank is currently seeking connection of the teams across regions and sectors working on drought management in its different units, such as Water, Agriculture, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Health, and Urban and Rural Resilience, to try to answer the practical challenges together, stimulate discussion, and support of knowledge and learning. For the same reasons, the World Bank is connected to the external international community of experts on drought management.
Promoting
standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment
Implementing
effective drought monitoring and early warning system
Enhancing
preparedness and mitigation actions
Implementing
emergency response and recovery measures
Understanding
the cost of inaction
and benefit of action
  • Assess and manage disaster risk (vulnerability, exposure and hazard) through funding, technical assistance, training and knowledge sharing activities
  • Offers financial and technical assistance to countries
  • Policy advise, research and analysis, and technical assistance
  • Promotes comprehensive and multi-sector approaches for managing disaster risk
  • Provides funding, technical assistance, training, and knowledge sharing
  • World Bank is the largest financier of disaster recovery and reconstruction
  • Supports knowledge sharing activities in order to alleviate drought effects
  • Aims to reduce vulnerability, empower sustainable development, and help developing countries to alleviate poverty
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