Uniting nations for sustainable drought management: launching of a new platform for knowledge exchange

The Community of Learning and Practice on Drought Management for Central and Eastern Europe and Northern Mediterranean (CLP CEE & NM) was launched during a landmark event held on 22-24 April in Chisinau, Moldova.

15 countries were convened by United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the Interregional Meeting on Drought and Land Degradation Neutrality. Supported by GWP, this initiative signifies a collective effort to address the pressing challenges of drought management and sustainability across borders.

Throughout the event, participants engaged in group discussions, exploring avenues that would bring maximum value to members of the Community of Learning and Practice (CLP). With diverse perspectives and experiences at the table, the focus was on fostering collaboration and synergy among nations. Each country brought forth its unique challenges and aspirations, paving the way for a comprehensive approach to drought resilience. 

A key highlight of the discussions was the participants' vision for the CLP. From developing robust national drought management plans to enhancing public awareness and capacity building, the shared vision underscored the importance of collective action in addressing drought risks. By harnessing innovation and leveraging grassroots initiatives, the CLP aims to chart a path towards a more resilient and sustainable future for all. 

The launch of the CLP CEE & NM marks a significant milestone in the journey towards sustainable drought management. This regional CLP is part of a larger global initiative led by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to support regions in enhancing their resilience to drought and land degradation. It is a response to a decision taken at COP 15, where Parties requested the UNCCD Secretariat to support and facilitate communities of learning and practice to pursue co-learning and collaboration for drought risk reduction and resilience capacity-building issues.These regional CLPs, including the CLP CEE & NM, will be presented at COP 16 in December 2024, highlighting the collective efforts towards sustainable solutions on a global scale. 

With the support of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, this initiative holds the promise of a brighter, more resilient future for Central and Eastern Europe, Northern Mediterranean, and beyond. We extend a warm invitation to stakeholders from Central and Eastern Europe and Northern Mediterranean to join the community, share experiences and engage with other professionals from the region, to help shape sustainable solutions for the region.

The UNCCD CLP is hosted on the IWRM Action Hub.