Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies – UNW-DPC

Noting the development of climate change and such resulting changes such as drought, the UN- Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) and its partners have produced a document which provides a synthesis on National Drought Management Policies.

This document presents the major objectives of the “Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policy (NDMP)” initiative, the rationale behind national drought management policies,  key pillars and the 10-step process for developing national drought policies and drought preparedness plans, as well as, lessons learnt from series of regional workshops.

One may also find details on challenges and key steps for countries wishing to develop and implement national drought policies.

Expected readers of this document include government policymakers and relevant stakeholders charged with assisting them in building drought resilient communities.

Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies - UNW-DPC
Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies – UNW-DPC

Persons wishing to view this document can email me or visit me at my desk. 🙂

Proceedings on Water Education and Capacity Building – UNESCO

Through the development of the Millennium Development Goals  (MDGs) and other water sector initiatives, one would hope that the importance of water has begun to sink in.Yet, regardless of this, there is still need for improvement, in order for persons to have access to a reliable water supply, proper sanitation, as well as, to ensure that such water needs are safeguarded against negative impacts for as long as its needed.

As a result of this, continuous  dialogue and the dissemination of relevant information is required to ensure that persons are properly informed in terms of water education and capacity building.

The document “Proceedings on Water Education and Capacity Building” published by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC),  provides a summary of  “discussions held in Korea around these topics and provides an excellent starting point for deepening the discussion on the role of water education and capacity development for sustainable development, to motivate further research and to stimulate the development of projects and initiatives on this important issue for the achievement of water and water-related targets in the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDG ) framework” (UNESCO, 2015).

Since UNESCO offers this document through open access persons now have access to such discussions and main conclusions.

Proceedings on Water Education and Capcity Building - UNW-DPC
Proceedings on Water Education and Capcity Building – UNW-DPC

So persons wishing to view this document can email me or visit me at my desk. 🙂

Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience – European Science Foundation

Ever wondered what would happen if your country suffered an extreme disaster such as a volcano, an earthquake, a tsunami or even a severe drought?

Have you ever thought that many lives and properties would be lost in the event of such a disaster?

Indeed such events although rare, do have a high impact, posing a severe threat to humanity and the overall sustainability to societies the world over.

The document “Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience” produced by the European Science Foundation (ESF), the Group on Earth Observations (GEH) and the Geohazard Community of Practice (GHCP), “highlights the urgency of establishing an effective dialogue with a large community of stakeholders in order to develop robust risk management, disaster risk reduction, resilience, and sustainability plans in the coming years and decades” (GEO, 2015).

Such a document also stresses the importance of developing the relevant  methodology to assess the potentially global impacts that a major hazard result in, as well as, to ensure that societies are able to reestablish themselves efficiently after such. One major requirement seen as necessary, to ensure some level of preparedness,  is a  a global monitoring system that could provide sufficiently early warnings, should such a major hazardous event develop.

Geohazardous events identified in the text include earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, flash flooding, landslides, bolides (meteor that explodes in the atmosphere) and volcanoes.

As noted in the conclusion and recommendations of the document, “for extreme geohazards, having access to data during the phase where the hazardous event is developing could lead to a better understanding of the potential for an extreme event and inform decisions to prepare for such an event” (European Science Foundation, 2015).

Persons wishing to view this document can send me an email or visit me at my desk. 🙂

Extreme Geohazards Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience
Extreme Geohazards Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience