Drought, particularly if in combination with weak or inactive governments, is a threat for ecosystems and for poor people in poor countries. Drought frequency and severity are increasing and tipped to increase further in many parts of the world due to climate change. Countries are challenged to change from a reactive to a pro-active, risk management approach. Starting with a broad overview of comprehensive drought risk management, the session will then highlight how drought risk mitigation can support natural resource management. Ample room is provided to discuss with researchers, activists, development agency representatives and a panel of people from the headquarters of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
Main session: Drought risk management, natural resource management and social protection: new alliances for sustainability and resilience