Working meeting of the WMO Expert Team on Drought

13-15 june 2023, ljubljana, slovenia
Slovenian Environment Agency hosted the WMO Expert Team on Drought, whose task is to create global frameworks, standards and recommendations for national hydrometeorological services and competent institutions in relation to drought monitoring, warning and response. Led by ARSO/Drought Management Centre for Southeastern Europe (DMCSEE), the group consists of agro-/meteorological experts from America, Australia, Austria, Brazil, India, Iran, Senegal, Slovenia, Tunisia and the United Kingdom, as well as representatives from the European Drought Observatory under the EU Joint Research Center (JRC), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Associate members are also representatives of global and regional initiatives.  
The focus of this working meeting was to form guidelines to strengthen or establish early warning of drought at the national level, and to shape an approach for a comparable classification of drought, taking into account the diversity of countries, their own drought monitoring methods and their individual vulnerability. The purpose of the meeting was also to establish the foundations for integrated drought management and thereby contribute to the global initiative of the United Nations Early Warnings For All - #EW4ALL.

The internal working days ended with a public event "Where is drought? - Global, regional and national approaches", where representatives of the Slovenian Environment Agency, the WMO, the University of Southern Queensland Australia and the EU Joint Research Centre shared their experiences in the field of drought monitoring and forecasting. With this event, the group also commemorated the World Drought Day, which is commemorated on 17 June every year.

Study visit of the Armenian experts

30 may - 6 june 2023, ljubljana, slovenia
As a part of the operations of the Drought Management Centre for SE Europe, a week-long study visit was organised at the Slovenian Environment Agency (ARSO) for the experts from the Armenian Hydrometeorological Service. During the study visit to ARSO Department for Meteorological Support to Agriculture, the two visiting experts, a climatologist and an agrometeorologist, acquired knowledge about the ARSO's approach to drought monitoring, calculation of drought indicators, and learnt about operational practice in applied agrometeorology and climatology at ARSO. The visit was financed by the Višegrad Fund project, and ARSO colleagues provided expert assistance through lectures and practical exercises.