Participating Countries /Organizations: 20 experts from 12 countries,

Number of Participants: 200 ,

Number of Female Participants: 86

Main Objectives

8th Asian G-WADI Meeting Objectives:

  • Increase regional cooperation for sustainable development of arid and semi-arid zones
  • Sharing national/regional experiences in groundwater management and finding solutions for sustainable groundwater harvest/extraction;
  • Providing information on current UNESCO-IHP programmes in relation to groundwater management and water management in arid zones (G-WADI);
  • Networking among the groundwater institutions and specialists with regional water policy making authorities;
  • Sharing knowledge on adaptation to water scarcity; strategies and approaches.

2nd IDI Expert Group Meeting Objectives:

  • To develop synergies between the two programs of UNESCO, namely International Drought Initiative (IDI) and UNESCO IHP programme on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands–A Global Network (G-WADI);
  • To further involve international organizations including FAO, WMO, etc. in IDI projects and work plan;
  • Establish IDI Advisory and Management Committee;
  • Investigating potential projects and joint research activities;
  • Sharing international/regional and national experiences on drought issues to come up with proposals for future work in the region.

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