The central objective of IDMP is to support stakeholders at all levels by providing policy and management guidance and by sharing scientific information, knowledge and best practices for Integrated Drought Management. In the wider sense, IDMP aims to build climate resilience, reduce economic and social losses, and alleviate poverty in drought affected regions of the world through an integrated approach to drought management.
The overarching approach proposed for the IDMP centres around four key principles:
- To shift the focus from reactive to proactive measures;
- To integrate vertical planning and decision making;
- To promote the evolution of the drought knowledge base;
- To build capacity.
The major output from IDMP will be a coherent global framework for drought management, prediction and monitoring by networking new and existing programmes and activities worldwide. IDMP seeks coordination with other relevant international initiatives with the aim of avoiding duplication of efforts, increasing efficiencies in resource use and building on synergies.
Senior Programme Officer - International Climate/Hydrology
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