Objectives of the Project

The objective of the training is to enable a set of multidisciplinary governmental institutes to quantify drought hazards and their impacts on subsurface water resources, to identify current vulnerabilities of affected communities and economic sectors, as well as to contribute to the improvement of current drought policies, that require additional objective (groundwater) indicators for integrated drought management. Specifically, the training programme will work along three axes.

The first axis aims at strengthening the monitoring and early warning capacities of the Chilean government to identify the impact of droughts on subterranean water resources. While current drought monitoring efforts have focused on surface water resources, the dramatic decrease in aquifer storage in the central-northern region of Chile urges the development of monitoring components for groundwater drought impact assessment, which are currently lacking. Given the extensive expertise of the UK partners on this topic, part of the training will be used for enhancing those capabilities, specifically with support from Dr. Van Loon, Prof. Hannah and Dr. Cuthbert.

The second axis involves the identification of drought vulnerabilities nationwide, which is essential to identify those areas that need additional support from the government to enhance their resilience to national disasters, as well as to identify priority areas for drought mitigation measures. This axis will be implemented with support from Dr. Buytaert, Dr. Van Loon and Dr. Clark.

And finally, the third axis of the training aims at strengthening the public institutional framework of Integrated Drought Risk Management, by developing the capacities to create effective policies that take advantage of improved monitoring and early warning (axis 1), as well as the identification of the communities’ vulnerabilities to drought (axis 2), in order to provide better public services to its population, with support from Dr. Clark and Dr. Buytaert. As the training connects to an already established framework, ownership of the project is guaranteed, and it is expected that the training will have long term impact on drought management in Chile, strengthening the capacities of multiple sectors and governmental agencies simultaneously

MWAR LAC - Managing Water Resources in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean