Enhancing drought management and resilience: showcasing the MENA-RDMS
Droughts in recent years in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) have once again brought damage to ecosystems and natural resources, losses of life, mass migrations of people, and millions of dollars of economic devastation. Managing the impacts of drought is complex with challenges ranging from the provision of disaster relief, to responsibilities and governance across agencies to financing activities. Whilst monitoring and early warning systems are possible they require a sometimes difficult marriage between a) earth observation and dynamic modeling and b) user communities at both policy and field levels. With predicted increases in drought in the MENA region, affecting major water resource systems and crop production areas, it is important that the challenges and possibilities are explored to support water and food security initiatives. Join us for this sofa event broadcast where recent advances in drought management are highlighted. Experiences from the MENA region are shared on both the possibilities and challenges in bringing into use and acting on new sources of data and policy initiatives to support managing the impacts of impending or ongoing droughts.