Africa Drought Conference here in August

16 May 2016 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 16 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia will host the Africa Drought Conference from 15 to 19 August 2016 under the theme ‘Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent’.
A public notice issued by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism on Monday said in following up to its role as president of the 11th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Namibia is coordinating the organising of this conference as a build-on to the outcomes of the high-level meeting on national drought policies held in Geneva in 2013.
“It will focus on identifying the specific needs of African countries in the area of effective drought mitigation with a view to developing a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent,” it said.
The majority of African countries continue to be inadequately prepared to cope with droughts, which are set to become more frequent with climate change.
The objectives of the conference are to focus on regional and international attention on the issue of enhancing resilience to drought events; raise awareness and share experiences with regard to needs and shortcomings as well as good practices in the area of enhancing resilience through events; and encourage African countries to develop short, medium and long-term drought mitigation and adaptation measures/interventions and plans.
It further seeks to move towards a strategic framework for drought management and enhancing resilience to drought events on the African level; as well as strengthen partnerships and cooperation for enhanced drought resilience.
It is proposed that the conference will comprise of a three-day meeting of technical experts, followed by a one-and-a-half day high-level segment involving African ministers and other stakeholders.