Drought monitoring and early warning, being a structurally complicated problem, requires a multi-stakeholder approach since all the existing tools cover only a part of the issue (one system currently in development uses satellite data for monitoring meteorological drought through remote sensing indices, while another assesses short-to-medium term drought with ground data). With the support of project stakeholders in China and the Russian Federation, considerable progress has been made by the Central Asian countries to map and monitor the droughts at the national and regional levels. However, there are still capacity gaps that need to be addressed to ensure seamless decision-making to monitor and predict droughts.
To address this need, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organise a two-day capacity-building training titled “Deployment and management of a pilot drought information system”, with the technical support from the United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) to create a foundational groundwork for integrating various analytical tools into the pilot drought information system. This training aims to build the capacity of personnel in national and space-related agencies or ministries to use, manage and integrate the drought information system. The enhanced capacity would create a regional discussion and cooperation on drought management.
- Share knowledge on the currently available drought information system and tools available and their use in Central Asia and assess the options of integrating the various drought, fire, etc., tools into an integrated geospatial information system;
- Exchange between participants on policy, good practices, emerging demands and trends; and
- Enhance government officials' capacity and strengthen the national level drought monitoring and management.
- Enhanced capacity of national emergency, meteorological, environmental, land management and space-related agencies or ministries, as well as relevant research institutions in Central Asian countries, to operate and maintain the drought information system; and
- Enhanced support of national ministries in target countries to engage in regional and subregional level cooperative dialogue to support evidence-based decisions for improving national and subregional drought management.