Drought Management Planning for Water Managers Thematic Paper 2.5

This paper describes a risk management-based approach to drought planning for water resources managers


Drought is a normal climatic feature. That it is also a serious and continuing worldwide water issue is more due to lack of effective water planning and management than to climate. The impacts of drought, like those of other natural hazards, can be reduced through mitigation and preparedness (risk management). Planning ahead to mitigate drought impacts gives decision makers the chance to relieve impacts at the least expense. Current approaches to drought management by water resources agencies in China are described and comparison made with international examples, highlighting the progress that is being made in implementing risk management based drought planning.

The paper covers:

  • drought conceptual framework
  • types of drought
  • drought indices and triggers
  • drought risk management approaches
  • risk reduction strategies
  • developing a drought management plan
  • drought management plans – international examples
  • drought management in China


WRDMAP. Drought Management Planning for Water Managers [Thematic Paper 2.5 ]. WRDMAP, China (2010) 40 pp

Drought Management Planning for Water Managers Thematic Paper 2.5

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