Climate variability and changing precipitation patterns due to climate change render the countries of Central and Eastern Europe particularly vulnerable to drought. The World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) have established the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) to assist these countries and others around the world to monitor and respond to drought, which is one of the world’s most significant natural hazards. Enhancing their resilience to drought will strengthen the ability of Central and Eastern European countries to adapt to climate variability and change.
On the occasion of the National Consultation Dialogues in Romania and Lithuania, the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe, with support form WMO, has released a video about the Integrated Drought Management Programme in Central and Eastern Europe. Since its launch in 2013, this programme has supported governments in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine in developing drought management policies and plans. These governments recognize the growing need to improve short-term and long-term responses to meteorological, agricultural and hydrological droughts across sectors. Although most them have well-developed meteorological and hydrological monitoring, these systems do not provide efficient support to decision-makers in other sectors, such as agriculture and energy. The regional drought management programme aims to build the capacity of stakeholders to adopt a proactive integrated drought management approach. It also tests innovative solutions for drought management planning.