on December 5-8, 2017

At ASEAN Research and Training Center for Space Technology and Applications (ARTSA)
Sirindhorn Center for Geo-informatics Building
Space Krenovation Park, Sri Racha, Chonburi, Thailand


International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is one of the 21 Regional Support Offices of the UN-SPIDER. The workshop and training programme is proposed jointly by UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER and IWMI.

It is recognised that the drought risk can be reduced by reducing vulnerability or taking preventive measures at the local level. It is the responsibility of the local agencies to draw drought preparedness and risk mitigation plans. The local authorities design their preparedness plans based on the present drought situation and the forecast, based on the socio-economic impact of the creeping drought calculated through the well-established warning systems based on various drought indices.

The main objective of the regional workshop to stimulate an innovative debate on drought management trends and practices, by promoting proactive, integrated actions and engaging actors within and beyond the drought community. To this purpose the morning plenary session as well as the technical sessions will emphasize the importance of a paradigm shifting from drought immediate response to medium- and long-term preparedness. The seminar will highlight existing best practices drawn from different contexts, the sharing of knowledge and fostered the implementation of integrated, holistic drought interventions.

Addressing water scarcity in the agricultural sector contributes directly to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sendai Framework for Disaster Risks Reduction as well as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The 2030 Agenda aims to address multiple development priorities to make sure no one is left behind.

GISTDA, IWMI and other regional/national initiatives have developed improved drought monitoring systems (DMS) including early warning, now casting and drought contingency plans with the principles and objectives of national drought policies and a drought planning process that has been effective in the preparation of drought mitigation plans. management plans to mitigate drought risks and

The workshop is jointly organised by GISTDA, ARTSA, IWMI, UNOOSA/UNSPIDER and CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

About 20 participants of the workshop (mainly from ASEAN region) will participate in the hands-on training session on “Earth observation based tools for drought monitoring”.


The overall objective of the workshop is to explore the possibility to learn and make use of various drought initiatives including South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) at the country level in facilitating drought monitoring information available in near real time and can be used by the member countries for monitoring the situation, undertaking the assessment of drought risks and finally to use them in drought mitigation measures.

  • To explore the current state of SADMS and its capability in drought monitoring
  • How to link the DMS to current drought management plans at country level and how the knowledge products can be explored on its usability in various thematic applications
  • Drought preparedness from SADMS and climate change resilience in South Asia: applying an integrated approach to design, monitor and evaluate institutional change.
  • How to integrate drought monitoring information into management aspects including contingency plans and emergency management;

Workshop participants will focus their discussions on:

  • What can be done with the present DMS;
  • What are the opportunities and challenges to improve DMS;
  • How to link drought monitoring to current drought contingency management plan;
  • Way forward including activities and funding of these activities, hosting of DMS at the regional level in the medium and long term


The Scope of the workshop is proposed as follows:

  1. Understand the present DMS platform developed by GISTDA, IWMI
    1. Its objectives and sustainability;
    2. Mechanism for ensuring flow of the Input Data from various sources, and availability for pre-processing;
    3. How historical and current drought information can be accessed by member countries;
    4. Requirements (technical) for processing and developing the various indices on a continuous basis.
  2. Understand the DMS products and possible outputs
    1. How the products provide advanced drought monitoring and assessment information for various purposes;
    2. What temporal resolution are presently used and how these products could be developed at higher resolution, if required; and
    3. How these products could be adapted and used by various stakeholders.
  3. What capacity development (institutional as well as technical) actions are required to be undertaken at the regional level or by the member countries:
    1. Coordination mechanism for setting up national DMS
    2. Hardware, software and personnel requirements
    3. Recommended cooperation mechanism with agencies for setting up socio-economic drought vulnerability products and
    4. State/National capacity in drought monitoring built in all participating agencies to address the gaps in Drought Risk Reduction.
  4. Identify the existing capacity of the countries in the region to operationalise the DMS, the challenges they face and the demand for DMS in their own countries.
  5. Seeking for tri-partied agreements to ensure the sustainability of the product. This includes application products, fund raising, proposal development, hosting the DMS at the regional level in the medium and long term and wider communication outreach etc.


At this workshop, it is aimed to provide a platform for enhanced interaction between water and the climate community in the ASEAN region with the objective of making best use of the DMS. Participants from key agencies (Departments of meteorology, agriculture/irrigation, and disaster management) will be invited for the workshop.

AGENDA (Detailed agenda is under preparation)

  • December 4, 2017: Workshop
  • December 5-8, 2017: Training programme including hands-on sessions to cover following topics;
  1. Earth observation based tools for drought monitoring
  2. Procedural guidelines for utilization of space based information system during emergency response
  3. Accessing satellite data to monitor drought, flood and other disasters



The drought monitor will be assessed by the practitioners. Discussions will be conducted on present challenges and way forward including capacity building, internalization of the system, fund raising and development of a road map by covering these aspects.