Drought resilience – instant responses and long-term solutions

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UNCCD News

The new film "Drought resilience – instant responses and long-term solutions" produced by Patrick Augenstein highlights the importance of coordinated efforts of relevant actors with special focus on drought resilience and its implications for food security in sub-Saharan Africa, where drought is a major factor affecting populations and ecosystems. 

The progress on drought preparedness has been slow, despite the devastating and lasting effects of this natural disaster. Collaboration among various sectors and different branches of governments, civil society and international organizations is key to achieving drought resilience. Enhanced early warning-systems, assessing hotspots of vulnerable populations and regions, appropriate drought risk mitigation, as well as efficient disaster relief measures are crucial to effective drought preparedness.

The film, which was screened at the opening of the High-level Round table on “Drought and Sand Dust Storms: Early Warning and Beyond” during recent UNCCD COP13, is a joint product of UNCCD, the German Development Institute (DIE) and other partners, including German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), the German Development Bank (KfW), University of Bonn and the Center for Development Research (ZEF).