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International Drought Initiative (IDI)

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Droughts have several economical, social and environmental impacts, depending on their intensity and duration. Occurrence of droughts is a natural event and it is not specific to a region or climatic regime, and it can occur in different climatic and geographic situations. Unlike floods that have limited coverage areas, droughts usually affect vast regions, and this causes a more widespread and extensive range of impacts which last for a long time. Therefore, droughts affect a large number of populations in comparison with other natural disasters. The experiences in developed and developing countries on drought management has proved that besides the level of development, the impacts and consequences of this phenomenon is deep and considerable, even with different characteristics and nature.  With no doubt, the occurrence of this phenomenon is one of the important obstacles in the development process of the countries. As the impacts of this event lasts for a long period, the countries and people who have been affected by this phenomenon are forced to spend extensive financial resources to encounter it during and after the event.

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Short training courses for water professionals

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These short interdiscipinary training courses develop capacity of water professionals worldwide on conflict prevention and resolution, including water law and diplomacy. They can be tailored to regional specificities.

The topics covered and the course interactions help strengthening water diplomacy and support collaboration among professionals from diverse sectors. Read the rest of this entry →

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