New Briefing Note and Technical Note on Drought

GWP Central and Eastern Europe is releasing today two short papers presenting the achievements of two demonstration projects within the Integrated Drought Management Programme in Central and Eastern Europe.

GWP Central and Eastern Europe has been implementing the Integrated Drought Management Programme in CEE (IDMP CEE) in 10 Central and Eastern European countries since 2013. Important part of the Programme are the Demonstration projects focusing on various aspects of drought management and covering different sectors (i.e. water, agriculture, forestry, meteorology). Working closely with partners, GWP Central and Eastern Europe is releasing today two short papers in the frame of IDMP CEE.

Technical note: Drought Risk Management Scheme - A decision support system

Risk management for droughts is defined as the process of identifying and understanding the relevant components of drought risk, and analysing alternative strategies to manage that risk. Risk management thus involves the application of analytical tools for decision making, as well as the development of management strategies that appropriately deal with uncertainty and the perception of risk.

The primary purpose of this demonstration project was to present a planning process (scheme) which can facilitate the preparation of the decision support system for drought risk management. The Technical note is explaining briefly how the Framework for Drought Risk Management is composed and outlines the interrelationships and functional linkages between different components (institutional, methodological, public, and operational) supporting the drought decision-making.

The Technical Note can be downloaded here.

Briefing note: Agricultural drought monitoring and yield loss prediction method

Agricultural drought is the least studied, and thus the least understood drought type. It is influenced by several complex factors, which are complicated to measure. It requires vast amounts of time, resources and furthermore, the impacts such as e.g. yield loss are measurable only at a later stage.

Remote sensing (RS) of crop biomass is one of the most important solutions for measuring agricultural droughts and its effects. The information gained through this kind of monitoring can facilitate drought intervention activities, reduce impacts of drought on possible stock uncertainty, and can support decision makers in more accurate planning for mitigation measures for specific regions. The Briefing note gives an overview of the Agricultural Drought Monitoring and Yield Loss Forecasting Method and its positive effects.

The Briefing Note can be downloaded here.

The Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) in CEE was launched in 2013 by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the World Metorological Organization (WMO). The Programme supports the governments of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine in the development of drought management policies and plans. It also builds the capacity of stakeholders to use a proactive integrated drought management approach and tests innovative drought management approaches.

For more information, please contact Sabina Bokal, Programme Manager at idmp.sabina[at]

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