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img2Launching of South East European G-WADI Network and IDI expert group meeting ‘Data tools and methodologies to address floods and droughts in the Member States’, Belgrade, Serbia, 17-18 December 2014

UNESCO IHP, IDI and WSDAC organized a meeting from 17-18 December 2014 at WSDAC "Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change" UNESCO category 2 centre hosted by the Institute for the Development of Water Resources "Jaroslav Černi" in Belgrade, Serbia. The meeting, attended by representatives and experts from the region, launched the Southeast European secretariat for the G-WADI Programme (Global Network on Water and Development Information in Arid Lands), as well as the identification of gaps and needs of the member states.

Numerous case studies from the Southeast European region, as well as worldwide, were presented to identify the gaps in data availability, tools and methodologies to address floods and droughts in member states. Furthermore, the need for a capacity building component was identified during the meeting. The meeting discussed products offered by the G-WADI network, linkages with the International Drought Initiatives (IDI) and possible joint activities.

The WSDAC Serbian category 2 center expressed a willingness to serve as G-WADI secretariat for SE Europe, with emphasis on a web portal, networks and exchanges, and manuals/guidelines/best practices.

Following the thematic discussion, the participants of the meeting , which includes representatives from the following institutions:

  • WSDAC, Belgrade, Serbia
  • International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
  • International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC)
  • UNESCO/INWEB, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • National Meteorological Administration, Romania
  • Slovenian Environmental Agency
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • University of Belgrade, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Serbia
  • Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia (RHMSS)

came up with the following Terms of Reference (see Annex 3) for the establishment of the G-WADI Secretariat for Southeastern Europe. The meeting decided to establish Southeastern European G-WADI members, which includes the participants of the meeting. The complete list of participants is provided in Annex 2, while the G-WADI SEE members are listed in Annex 4.

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