The 1st Expert Group Meeting on Development of Decision-making Tools for Geo-drought Monitoring and Early Warning in Central Asia

4 Jul 2019 to 5 Jul 2019
Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan
By invitation only

Among natural disasters, drought gets relatively less attention from policymakers, even though it has serious long-term socioeconomic implications. Drought adversely affects sustainable development and exacerbates poverty among millions of people who depend directly on the land as a source of livelihood. Many Central Asian countries suffer from frequent droughts along with challenges in water resource management, that can lead to failures of crop production and increase in food insecurity.

Geospatial information can serve as an important tool in monitoring drought and water resource management. Despite the significant progress achieved in this sub-region regarding the use of geospatial information, these applications still seem underutilized in the drought and water resource management, primarily because of scientific, technological, organizational and institutional gaps in geospatial information systems.