Welcome to the Community of Learning and Practice on Drought Management—Central and Eastern Europe and Northern Mediterranean!

At COP 15, Parties requested the UNCCD Secretariat to encourage, support and facilitate communities of learning and practice to pursue co-learning and collaboration for drought risk reduction and resilience capacity-building issues (Dec 23/COP. 15). In response to this decision, the UNCCD Secretariat, in collaboration with Global Water Partnership, launched the global and regional Communities of Learning and Practice (CLPs) with the mission to pursue co-learning and collaboration for drought risk reduction and resilience capacity-building issues, including the use of UNCCD Drought Toolbox at all levels.

The objectives of the CLP Central Eastern Europe (CEE) and Northern Mediterranean (NM) are to:

  • Support the development and revision of improved national drought management plans and policies.
  • Identify suitable institutional mechanisms to enhance coordination between government bodies and other key stakeholders.
  • Increase public engagement and awareness on drought management.
  • Build the capacity of national experts and actors in drought monitoring, impact and vulnerability risk assessment.
  • Explore innovative finances mechanisms and joint opportunities for increasing investments towards integrated drought management.
  • Identify grass roots level initiatives and success cases in drought management.

The CLP-CEE and NM pertains to policy makers, scientists, international experts, researchers, students, farmers, field practitioners, and other stakeholders and professionals who are interested in drought-related issues in the CEE and NM region. Women, youth, and indigenous people are particularly welcome to join the CLP. The CLP will add value to knowledge sharing by allowing community members to discuss region specific ideas, challenges, and experiences.

This online knowledge hub offers a virtual space where CLP members can share perspectives, knowledge, ideas, and experiences among each other. You can easily post your opinions, share news and events, upload case studies, get to know other people with similar interest, and directly contact other members via private messages.

Similar to other region-specific CLPs, here are some key activities and services offered by this dedicated virtual space: 

  • Library of curated tools, case studies, and technical resources on drought management. 
  • Workshops and relevant capacity building activities to support the design of National Drought Policy Plans with the aim of boosting the resilience of people and ecosystems to drought.  
  • Expert discussions and webinars on a variety of topics related to drought management (i.a., land degradation, dust storms, early warning systems, monitoring, etc.).
  • Peer-to-peer exchange on good practices, practical considerations, and lessons.
  • Networking events to get to know people from all around the world working on drought-related issues.  
  • Membership directory for you to find experts in your specific field and country of interest.

On behalf of the UNCCD Secretariat, we extend a warm welcome to the CLP-CEE and NM and we look forward to exchanging with you!