National Drought Resilience Partnership Report to the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

The Report to the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience is a progress report from the federal agencies of the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP). The report highlights the Partnership's accomplishments to date against the President’s Climate Action Plan, and provides an overview of some federal actions on drought response since 2009.

The NDRP has framed drought resilience around six broad Goals including:

Goal 1: Data Collection and Integration

Goal 2: Communicating Drought Risk to Critical Infrastructure

Goal 3: Drought Planning and Capacity Building

Goal 4: Coordination of Federal Drought Activity

Goal 5: Market-Based Approaches for Infrastructure and Efficiency

Goal 6: Innovative Water Use, Efficiency, and Technology

The report describes many initial implementation actions achieved by the Partnership, as related to each of the six goals. These actions demonstrate progress in drought resilience programs, policy, and funding, as well as plans for going forward.

For example, Goal 1 - Action 1: Integrate Data from Key Platforms describes progress in Building a Coordinated National Soil Moisture Monitoring Network, Improvement and Expansion of the U.S. Drought Monitor to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Affiliated Pacific Islands, and more. 

Other successes that are detailed further in the report include:

  • Expansion of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network into Southwestern Tribal Lands
  • Developing Models and Tools to Predict Populations Vulnerable to Drought-Related Disease
  • Disseminating Science-based Knowledge at a Regional Scale
  • Increasing Drought Resilience on Public and Private Lands through the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program and the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership
  • Developing Decision-support Tools for State, Regional, Tribal, and Local Officials


President Obama established the National Drought Resilience Partnership in November 2013 as part of his Climate Action Plan. The NDRP is comprised of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of the Interior, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy.


Publication Date: August 31, 2016

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