1.2015-2016 regional drought: 2015 driest year on record. Rainfall deficits subsiding since April/May 2016 for many.
Drought impacts similar to major drought of 2009-2010.
2.How to: Effective drought risk reduction?
Drought early-warning information systems (DEWISs)
+ national drought management policies and plans.
3.Capacity building led by CIMH, engaging water sector stakeholders:
–Since 2009: Building regional DEWIS capacity – drought monitoring, forecasting, education and research;
–Since 2011: Building In-country drought management capacity – drought risk awareness, drought policy and plan drafting;
–2016: Formalised regional partnership between climate sensitive sectors