Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations / Global Water Partnership / United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization / University of Nebraska Lincoln / Water Youth Network / World Meteorological Organization

A big push for drought resilience–can it include all?

Tuesday 27 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: L12

Drought ranks first -in cash terms- as the most destructive in a crowded field of disasters including floods, forest fires and storms. Competition for access to water and productive land is mounting leading to more conflict and civil unrest, forced migration, poverty and food insecurity. Episodes of drought can double the risk of rioting in vulnerable communities. With current trends in population and ballooning demand for natural resources aligning with climate change and environmental degradation, vulnerabilities will grow. Integrated approaches are required to identify solutions, minimize trade-offs and to build on synergies.

This session will highlight integrated actions to mitigate drought risks and the policy and institutional measures that are required to enable their effectiveness, and to explore the economic case for taking such actions. It will propose technical and policy options aimed at contributing to the restoration and/or protection of productive natural capital affected by droughts and minimizes the impacts on lives and livelihoods of vulnerable populations. Drought monitoring and early warning systems, vulnerability assessment and drought risk mitigation measures will frame the discussion. Indigenous knowledge and practices for drought adaptation will also be included and their potential to improve resilience explored.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


14:00 When the Skies run dry (UNCCD Drought Film)

14:05 Welcome and Opening
Sabina Bokal, GWP, IDMP CEE

14:10 Setting the stage
Frederik Pischke, GWP/WMO IDMP

14:25 Pillar 1: Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Systems: How to provide actionable information in support of the most vulnerable?
Robert Stefanski, WMO and
Katrin Ehlert, WMO

14:45 Pillar 2: Vulnerability and Impact Assessment: How to target the most vulnerable?
Anil Mishra, UNESCO IHP and
Maitreyi Koduganti Venkata, WYN

15:05 Pillar 3: Drought Risk Mitigation measures: How to empower the most vulnerable?
Robert Snow, U.S. Department of the Interior and
Maher Salman, FAO

15:25 Concluding Remarks
Sasha Koo Oshima, FAO

15:30 End of session