Topic Outline

Drought affects all climatic regions and it has the most disastrous impact among all natural hazards. The impacts of droughts 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 towards developing such proactive and risk-based national drought management policies, a UN-Water initiative was launched on “Capacity Development to support National Drought Management Policies” in March 2013. The initiative brings together the following: 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 the 1st and 2nd regional workshops for Eastern Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean regions respectively, the workshop for Asia-Pacific region was held from 6 -9 May, 2014 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The Viet Nam Academy of Water Resources (VAWR) and FAO Viet Nam Office hosted the event and served as local partners. The workshop was attended by more than 30 participants from 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. The full content of the workshop can be found below.

1. Background Materials

Workshop Banner

Workshop Agenda

List of Participants

2. National Reports


Cambodia Country Report Presentation
China Country Report Presentation
India Country Report Presentation
Indonesia Country Report Presentation
Laos Country Report Presentation
Malaysia Country Report Presentation
Myanmar Country Report Presentation
Philippines Country Report Presentation
Thailand Country Report Presentation
Viet Nam 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)

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)

4. Photo Gallery

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 Eastern and Southern Africa
Page Regional Workshop for Near East and North Africa Region
Page Regional Workshop for West and Central Africa countries

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