Regional Conference on Drought Preparedness in Santa Cruz de Sierra, Bolivia

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The Government of Bolivia in collaboration with the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will organize a Regional Conference on Drought Management and Preparedness for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region. The event will take place on 14th to 16th August 2017 in Santa Cruz de Sierra, Bolivia.

The conference will identify and analyze the drought-related challenges, needs and gaps of LAC countries in order to promote effective management strategies and propose potential solutions. Local and international experts will consider various aspects of drought management in the region and beyond. The conference will focus on the following thematic issues:

  • Key elements of national drought policy including drought early warning systems, vulnerability and impact assessment and proactive risk mitigation measures, public outreach and resource stewardship;
  • Greater collaboration at all levels to enhance the local, national and regional observation networks and information delivery systems to improve public understanding of, and preparedness for, drought; and
  • Coordination of drought programmes and response in an effective, efficient and customer-oriented manner.

The UNCCD is currently preparing background documents that will guide the conference discussions. This will lead to the development of a ’White Paper’ towards a regional strategy on enhanced drought preparedness for the region.

For more details, please download the programme and concept note: