Improving Drought Preparedness in the West

The Western Governors' Association and Western States Water Council convened a series of workshops to engage constituents in evaluating progress in drought preparedness. The workshops brought together end-users of drought information from a variety of sectors, including agriculture, energy, navigation, water supply, cultural resources, and the environment.  Attendees included representatives of states, federal agencies, tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. A report summarizing those workshops and providing recommendations for moving forward with drought preparedness is available in PDF format on this website.

The report is organized around three key themes: 1) Strengthening the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS); 2) Advancing drought preparedness planning; and 3) Describing the role of states and other stakeholders in shaping climate services. Recommendations for advancing these three key issues are also provided.

Publication Date: January 2011

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