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Drought is the world’s costliest natural disaster and affects more people than any other form of natural catastrophe. Due to climate change and associated effects, the duration and intensity of drought is expected to increase in the coming decades. In order to address this pressing issue, 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), are collaborating to implement a UN-Water capacity development initiative on National Drought Management Policies (NDMP). The objective of this joint UN-Water initiative is to increase the capacities in developing countries and countries in transition on the development of risk-based national drought management policies.

After the successful completion of five regional workshops that took place in Eastern Europe (9-11 July 2013), Latin America and the Caribbean (04-06 December 2013), Asia-Pacific region (06-09 May 2014) , Eastern and Southern Africa (5-8 August 2014),  Near East and North Africa (NENA) Region (17-20 November 2014), the sixth and last workshop was held for West and Central Africa from 4-7 May 2015 in Accra, Ghana. The workshop was attended by 30 representatives from 12 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, The Gambia and Togo.

Summary report_Eastern EuropeSummary Report

1. Background Materials

Workshop Banner

Workshop Agenda

List of Participants

2. National Reports

Benin Presentation
Burkina Faso Country Report Presentation
Cameroon Country Report Presentation
Cape Verde Country Report Presentation
Côte d’Ivoire Country Report Presentation
Ghana Country Report Presentation
Mali Country Report Presentation
Niger Country Report
Nigeria Country Report Presentation
Senegal Country Report Presentation
The Gambia Country Report Presentation
Togo 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
(Boubacar Cisse, 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 Eastern and Southern Africa
Page Regional Workshop for West and Central Africa countries

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