High Level Workshop on Drought Policies
May 16, 2014Vila Gale Fortaleza Hotel. Praia do Futuro, Fortaleza, Brazil.

This high level workshop will follow up on the results and recommendations of the High Level Meeting on National Drought Policies, which took place in Geneva in 2013, and on the preparation of National Drought Policies, in Brazil and other countries.

Themes to be discussed include “Drought Monitoring, Early Warning Systems, Impact Assessment, Drought Relief and Reduction of Vulnerability to Droughts”.

This high level event will take place in the last day of the Adaptation Futures Conference (

9:00 – 10:00: Opening Ceremony

  • Chair: Francisco José Teixeira, Minister of National Integration, Brazil
  • Cid Ferreira Gomes, Governor of Ceará, Brazil
  • Mariano Francisco Laplane, President of CGEE, Brazil
  • Deborah Wetzel, Director of the World Bank in Brazil
  • Saleem el Huq, PROVIA – Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation
  • José Marengo, Chair of the Adaptation Futures Conference, INPE – Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais

10:00 – 10:45:  Keynote Speech: Changing the Drought Management Paradigm: The Role of National Drought Policies

  • Donald Wilhite, University of Nebraska, USA:

10:45 – 12:15:  High Level Panel of the United Nations Agencies (invited by the Minister of Integration)

  • Chair: Francisco Teixeira, Minister of National Integration, Brazil
  • Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, WMO
  • Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD
  • José Graziano da Silva, Secretary General, FAO

12:15 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:30: Panel I: National Drought Policies – International Perspectives

  • Chair: Antonio Divino Moura, President of INMET, Brazil
  • Mannava Sivakumar (Editor-in-Chief, Weather and Climate Extremes (Elsevier)
  • Dorte Verner (IDB)
  • Elena Abraham (IADIZA, Argentina)

15:30 – 16:00: Keynote Speech: Climate Prediction and Drought Policies in Brazil: the Experience of 2012-2013

  • Carlos Nobre (Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil)

16:00 – 17:30: Session II: National Drought Policies – National Perspectives

  • Chair: José Machado (Ministry of National Integration, Brazil)
  • Erwin De Nys, WB Brazil
  • Belén Quintero, Spain
  • Mario López Pérez, Mexico
  • Eduardo Martins, Brazil

17:30 – 18:00: Closing Ceremony