Thursday, October 29, 2015

WMO highlights integrated drought management

WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) has highlighted its work towards improving proactive, integrated management of droughts – the world’s most destructive natural hazard.

“We already know that the duration and intensity of extremes such as droughts may be exacerbated by climate change,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told a high-level segment ministerial roundtable on 20 October. “Therefore, it is essential to strengthen capacities for drought adaptation and mitigation, particularly through national drought policies,” he said.

National governments must adopt policies that engender cooperation and coordination at all levels of authority to increase their capacity to cope with extended periods of water scarcity in case of a drought. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to create societies that are more resilient to drought,” said Mr Jarraud.

Droughts cause the deaths and displacement of more people than cyclones, floods and earthquakes combined, and yet effective drought management policies are missing in most parts of the world.

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