Demonstration of Regional Workshop on South Asia Drought Monitoring System

 

A Regional workshop on South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) was organized at Hotel Jaypee Siddhartha, New Delhi from30th-31st January, 2017 by IWMI, GWP South Asia, WMO, CGIAR, and CCAFS in association with India Water Partnership (IWP), IARI, ICAR, ICID-CIID, and WAPCOS Ltd to demonstrate SADMS and its newly launched online portal. SADMS is expectedto provide near-real information of drought onset and progression helping decision makers respond in time. The interactive SADMS online portal, http://dms.iwmi.org/, would help in data sharing and viewing of all available drought and related maps for the entire region instantly. More than 50 International/National delegates and experts including the delegates from South Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Maldives participated in the workshop.

Regional participants from South Asia During Regional Work shop on South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) Demonstration
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. TrilochanMohapattra, Secretary (DARE) &Director General, ICAR, Govt. of India. In his address note, Dr. Mohapttra said that, “South Asia routinely suffers from drought and severe impact on agriculture production and livelihoods. Early warning and monitoring system are important but at the same time need to be customized as per specific climatic variation of the countries.” 

This was followed by the welcome address by Mr. AC Tyagi, Vice President, IWP & Secretary General, ICID, New Delhi.Dr. R. Kaur, Director & Vice Chancellor, IARI, Govt. of India; Dr. Alok K.Sikka, IWMI Representative, India, made remarks about the worsening drought situation across the globe and in South Asia. Dr. Kaur impressed on the fact that IARI, India is also working on developing a drought management tool with NDMC, Nebraska. She raised some pertinent issues such as who will house this tool with so many stakeholders and operationalize SADMS across the country. Mr. GirirajAmarnath, Project Lead and Sub-Theme Leader: Water-related Disaster Risk Management (WDRM) at IWMI informed the participants about the workshop’s context, purpose and goals. Dr. VeenaKhanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, IWP coordinated proceedings of the inaugural session and also extended Vote of Thanks to the chair and the participants.


On the first day, a total of 8 live presentations and oneonline presentation via Skype- were made about the countries drought situation and need for a robust and composite drought monitoring system. Representatives from Bangaldesh, India and Sri Lanka presented case studies of the drought management in their respective countries. The Chair called for a joint effort to mitigate droughts and develop an efficient and integrated drought monitoring network. Also, IWMI conducted a technical session on utilizing the SADMS tool. The workshop was kept interactive for maximum knowledge exchange.

Regional participants from South Asia During Regional Work shop on South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) Demonstration

On the second day i.e. 31st January, the platform was opened for suggestions and detailed discussion on implementation and adoption of SADMS tool across South Asian Countries. The participants were divided into three groups to discuss and make short presentations on,  i) Implementation of SADMS across South Asia; ii) Coordination Mechanism Requirements; and iii) Capacity Building for SADMS. Discussions were held in detail with country representatives expounding on their country’s strengths and capabilities for adoption of this tool. It was well established from the discussions that the countries are at various stages of scientific and social development and therefore, it is essential to share experiences and resources amongst each other. The session ended on a promising note with Mr. AC Tyagi showing his gratitude towards IWMI for conducting a successful workshop and India Water

 

Regional participants from South Asia During Regional Work shop on South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) Demonstration

Regional participants from South Asia During Regional Work shop on South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) Demonstration