The High-Level Progress Forum on the Implementation of the Regional Drought Mechanism in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka was among the first pilot countries for the Regional Drought Mechanism and has received considerable training and support from other countries experienced in drought management, particularly India and China. The Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, a Government organization working towards expanding the use of space technology applications in Sri Lanka, has been working with other Government agencies and international partners to set up a drought monitoring and early warning system in Sri Lanka. Considerable help has been provided by the Governments of India and China in the form of training, software tools, drought maps and analysis, and data for this purpose. The Government of Sri Lanka has now reached a point where they can utilize the drought monitoring system themselves, and is working with partners to integrate it more deeply into the programmes of sectoral ministries which will utilize the information. The High Level Progress Forum on the Implementation of the Regional Drought Mechanism in Sri Lanka was held 28-29 April 2016 to take stock of the progress so far, discuss challenges, engage other ministries, agencies and partners as needed, and develop a detailed plan to institutionalize the drought monitoring and early warning system.