Drought Monitoring & Management
In the past few decades it has become evident that all countries in SEE are affected by droughts which are becoming more and more long lasting and severe. Since 1998 a series of meetings and workshops have been held on European and subregional level, expressing the need for a Balkan Drought Monitoring Centre. The idea was further elaborated by International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) that adopted a declaration which expressed the need to establish this centre to alleviate problems caused by drought in the area. The idea was fully promoted by the countries involved but because of political events in the Balkans this initiative remained in the form of a proposal. In 2006 the Secretariat of the UNCCD Convention in cooperation with World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) organised a workshop for national experts and representatives of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services where they agreed on DMCSEE within context of UNCCD. Environmental Agency of Slovenia was selected by agreement of all parties to organise sustainable, long term work of DMCSEE once its functions will be established through the execution of this kick-off project.