The Last Mile: Flood and Drought Awareness, Warning and Response Capabilities

The Last Mile: Flood and Drought Awareness, Warning and Response Capabilities

14 November 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 EET (UTC/GMT+2)
COP27 - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt


In many countries of the developing and the developed world the number of victims and overall impacts caused by floods and droughts are still very high despite the establishment of Early Warning and Alert Systems. Often warnings fail in the case of a real emergency due to gaps either on the “last mile” of the warning chain or because the recipients are not prepared to react adequately to the warning. This is especially true for the most vulnerable like refugees, impoverished populations, women, elderly and other marginalized groups, who are usually forgotten when planning the warning chain. In this session new ideas and answers are presented and discussed on how to overcome these gaps by engaging communities and other relevant stakeholders already in the design and later in the operation of End to End Early Warning and Alert Systems.



1. Welcome by Moderators

  • Nicolas Franke, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • Dani Gaillard-Picher, Global Water Partnership (GWP)

2. Why a perfect technical solution for Early Warning Systems is still not enough 

  • The July flood in Germany in 2021, introduced by Prof. Paolo Reggiani, University of Siegen
  • The European summer drought 2022, introduced by Dr. Andreja Susnik, Slovenian Environment Agency
  • Followed by an interview

3.  Answers from the Youth an Integrated Approach to flood and drought Management

  • Raising Awareness about Inclusive Early Warnings in Papua, Indonesia, introduced by Graziela Olua, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology
  • Youthmappers for flood resilience in Tanzania, introduced by Erick Mnyali, YouthMappers Tanzania

4. Moderated discussion with all 4 experts and questions from audience

5. Summary by Johan Stander, Director of Services Department, WMO