15 Mar 2013|--

U.N. Lays Foundations for More Drought Resilient Societies

WMO: Meeting urges disaster risk reduction instead of crisis management. GENEVA (15 MARCH 2013) _ A top-level United Nations conference has, for the first time, laid the foundations for practical and proactive national drought policies to increase resilience to the world’s most destructive natural hazard, which is being aggravated by climate change. The High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy marked the first globally-coordinated attempt to move towards science-based drought disaster risk reduction and break away from piecemeal and costly crisis-response, which often comes too late to avert death, displacement and destruction. The meeting issued a declaration encouraging governments to develop and implement national drought management policies consistent with their development objectives. It also provided detailed scientific and policy guidance on how to achieve this (declaration and science and policy documents). (Source: http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_970_en.html)

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