Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean

Topic Outline

The impacts of droughts can be significantly reduced through a shift from a crisis based, reactive and piece meal approach of emergency and recovery strategies to a more proactive and risk-based drought management approaches. With the aim of supporting countries towards building their capacities for developing such proactive and risk-based national drought management policies, 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). The initiative is meant to build the necessary capacity at national levels for countries to be able to develop and adopt comprehensive national drought management policies.

After the 1st Regional Workshop for Eastern European Countries in Bucharest, Rumania, the 2nd Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean countries was held from December 4-6, 2013, in Fortaleza, Brazil. Based on expressed interest and capacity, the workshop was hosted by the Ministry of National Integration of Brazil. The three-day workshop was attended by 29 participants from 12 countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay.

The purpose of this webpage is to present the detailed contents of the workshop.

1. Background Materials

Workshop Banner

English, Español

2. National Reports

3. Presentations

Session 1: Opening Session & Overview

Session 2: Setting the Scene

Biodiversity and Drought
(Simone Schiele, CBD)

Session 3: Drought monitoring and early warning systems

Session 4: Vulnerability and risk assessment

Vulnerability and risk assessment
(Heitor Matallo, UNCCD)

Session 5: Drought preparedness, mitigation and responses

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