The study also identifies actions that states can individually and collectively undertake to mitigate the impacts of drought. It proposes three priority areas of intervention:
- to strengthen drought risk assessment and early warning services, for example, by sharing data from space-based technologies.
- to foster risk financing instruments that can insure communities against slow-onset droughts.
- to enhance people’s capacities to adapt to drought, thereby reducing the potential for conflict. The study argues that many timely steps taken now can contribute towards protecting the poorest communities and fostering more peaceful societies.
Download the study ‘Ready for the Dry Years: Building resilience to drought in South-East Asia’ here.