Water insecurity costs the global economy roughly US$500 billion annually, and causes the death and displacement of more people than cyclones, floods, and earthquakes combined. In particularly vulnerable economies, reducing droughts by 50% could lead to a 20% increase in gross domestic product per capita over a period of 30 years. Therefore, mechanisms to enhance integrated drought management are becoming more critical than ever.
As part of an ongoing drive to promote more proactive policies to deal with water insecurity, the World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership have joined with other partners to launch an online HelpDesk for the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP), designed to provide tailored guidance to drought-impacted populations around the world. The UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) is one of the IDMP partner organisations.
The HelpDesk is in line with the mission of IDMP to provide stakeholders with policy guidance, scientific information, and best practices for integrated drought management. The system enables stakeholders to contact experts directly for advice and access extensive collections of drought management knowledge.
As a think tank applying the Nexus Approach to develop and evaluate resource management strategies, UNU-FLORES seeks to support the HelpDesk by promoting standard approaches to vulnerability and impact assessment, enhancing preparedness and mitigation actions, and understanding the cost of inaction.
For more information on the HelpDesk, see the news story on the UNU-FLORES website.