Early, accessible and continually updated information is essential to improve drought risk management according to a group of international scientists at a conference this week. Case studies from different regions point to the importance of improved monitoring of droughts for effective early warnings. One important recommendation calls for implementation of policies to coordinate drought preparedness planning. Services are needed to link to forecasts and impact assessments with decision-making so that communities benefit from early warning information systems and drought risk mitigation.
The recommendations were presented at a meeting organized from 27 to 29 September in Boulder, Colorado, USA, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), WMO and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).