Severe drought disasters have impacted development goals in many developing countries in the region - vast amounts of resources that would have gone to development had to be directed for drought disaster relief instead.
With drought disaster monitoring and early warning, national disaster management authorities can better understand the possible drought disaster risks and threats in terms of coverage and severity, better estimate the probable economic, environmental and social consequences, and take effective and timely prevention and mitigation measures to lessen or nullify the impact of the drought disaster. Some countries in the region have established operational drought monitoring and early warning based on combined analysis of satellite- and ground-based observation data, but many other drought prone countries in the region have no such capacities.
With expressed technical support from China , India , Thailand and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), ESCAP is promoting the establishment of a regional cooperative mechanism on drought disaster monitoring and early warning. The objective is to provide a platform for information, resource sharing and substantive technical support to assist Asian drought prone countries to strengthen their national capacities for drought disaster risk reduction by adapting for local use the many satellite information products available at no or low-cost.
The meeting aims to consult with the contributory and beneficiary stakeholders on the functions, modalities and the required commitments towards the operational launch of the regional cooperative mechanism and the technical services to be provided through it.