International conference on drought management

March 31, 2010 at 11:14 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

International Conference on Drought Management, Istanbul: technical recommendations made at the conference have been accepted by ministries of agriculture in 13 countries

The Second International Conference on Drought Management was held this month in Istanbul, Turkey, and attended by 95 experts from 28 countries. The conference focused on the economics of drought preparedness in the context of climate change. The presentations and discussions covered several areas: methods to assess the impact of drought, development and cost estimation of drought mitigation plans, and best practices and case studies from West Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean region. Eventually a set of recommendations was developed, to improve drought preparedness and create supportive policies to strengthen performance, efficacy and social resilience.  The recommendations were presented, and accepted, at a meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, held shortly after the conference. It is expected they will be implemented in at least 13 Mediterranean countries.

The conference was organized jointly by Turkey’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, CIHEAM-Zaragoza, ICARDA, FAO, the NEMEDCA Drought Network and the Technical University of Madrid, Spain. ICARDA was involved at various levels: organizational support, delivering technical presentations, leading round-table discussions on policy options, and sponsoring the participation of national scientists from developing countries.

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