2030 SDGs

Adapting to Aridity: Global Solutions for Drought Mitigation and Resilience


Join the webinar organized by the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and DHI on solutions for drought mitigation and resilience. The webinar will take place on 27 October 2023, from 9:00AM to 10:00AM CET. 

Droughts are among the greatest threats to sustainable development. According to a 2022 report by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the number and duration of droughts has increased by 29% globally since 2000, as compared to the previous two decades. In the period between 2000 and 2019, over 1.4 billion people were affected by drought to varying degrees and in 2022, over 2.3 billion people faced water stress. While water scarcity already impacts 40% of the world’s population, as many as 700 million people are at risk of being displaced as a result of drought by 2030. 

As droughts are becoming more frequent, prolonged, and severe due to climate change impacts, we must take urgent action to develop and adopt strategies for effective drought management, mitigation, and adaptation. For this purpose, it is crucial to build on previous successes and lessons learned in various parts of the world. 

This webinar will serve as a platform for sharing ideas and thoughts on how to manage, mitigate and adapt to impacts of droughts and build resilience under climate change in different parts of the world. It will discuss resources, policies and innovations that are necessary for effective drought management, mitigation and adaptation.  

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XWaUlVAETq21ZFJ76GECZg#/registration  

Date: 27 October 2023 

Time: 9:00AM – 10:00AM CET 


Following scientists and experts from ICBA, DHI, UNCCD, as well as representatives from Morocco and the Nile River Basin will share their success stories and lessons learned in different countries.  

  • Dr. Tarifa Alzaabi, Director General, ICBA, UAE 
  • Ms. Mette Vestergaard, CEO, DHI, Denmark 
  • Dr. Augusto Becerra Lopez-Lavalle, Chief Scientist, ICBA, UAE 
  • Mr. Rashyd Zaaboul, Climate Modeling Scientist, ICBA, UAE 
  • Mr. Oluf Zeilund Jessen, Vice President, International Development, DHI, Denmark 
  • Dr. Daniel Tsegai, Programme Officer, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Germany 
  • Dr. Modathir Abdalla Hassan Zaroug, Regional Water Resources Modeler, Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat, Uganda 
  • Prof. Mohammed Yessef, Ecology and Management of Natural Resources Scientist, Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Morocco 
  • Ms. Louise Heegaard, Partnerships and Funding Mobilization Expert, DHI, Denmark (Moderator) 


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