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  • The Asia Pacific Drought Risk Dialogue United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

    Date: 27 Jul 2021

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The Asia Pacific Drought Risk Dialogue

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Type: Training Course Date: 27 Jul 2021 Location: Online event

 ‘Transforming institutional drought risk management for resilience - The GAR Special Report on Drought 2021’


11:30 - 12:30 Delhi Time / 13:00 - 14:00 Bangkok Time / 16:00 - 17:00 Sydney Time / 18:00 – 19:00 Fiji Time


‘The Asia-Pacific Drought Risk Dialogue’ will unpack the latest findings on drought risk management from the Asia-Pacific Region, as featured in the GAR Special Report on Drought 2021. It will illustrate institutional challenges in responsive drought management, the lessons learned and the urgent need of an evolution of drought risk management practices with two case studies from the region.

The first case will feature the multiple and multiplicative drought impacts across all sectors and ecosystems in Australia, based on the Millennium drought 1997-2009 and the subsequent evolution in policy, governance, and financial strategies.

The second case will feature the frequent recurrent droughts in the Indian Deccan plateau region and the challenges of institutional drought risk management treating drought as discrete, episodic and outlier events even if they are frequent in nature and the resulting perpetuation and aggravation of drought vulnerabilities, agrarian crisis and natural resources degradation.

The Drought Risk Dialogue will feature policy recommendations the GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 calls for to reduce drought risks immediately. Thinking ahead and acting in advance of drought has far lower costs than reacting and responding to the impacts once drought hits.

The event is tailored towards practitioners and policy makers working in drought risk and water management in the region, who will have the opportunity to ask practical questions to the authors of the report in a Q&A session following the panel discussion on the main findings.

The GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 Summary for Policymakers is available in English and Arabic here.

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