Newsletter N°2 February 2014



Launch of the Dryland Expert Database for LAC

Based on the needs identified in the Region, an online database was created to allow the scientific community in the drylands to show the latest advances of specialists, publications, projects and events related to dryland management. Read more Dryland Database

Consolidation of the Chilean Agroclimatic Observatory

With support from the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture, the Agroclimatic Observatory is further developed to include all the national and international data sets relevant for drought monitoring and early warning in (near) real time. The project includes trainings on the development of this database with tutorialsManual Datalibrary that are available online. The consolidation phase will officially end in March 2014, when the enhanced observatory is presented to stakeholders and decision makers. Read more - Agroclimatic Observatory

Training of Caribbean specialists in development of a Drought Atlas

A workshop was held in Kingston, Jamaica, on November 4-8, to provide professionals with training in the application of statistical analysis to regional hydrological data sets. This workshop is the first step in the development of the Caribbean Drought Atlas.   Read more  -    Preliminary version of the Drought Atlas

New Peruvian Drought  Observatory

The first steps in the  development of the Peruvian  Drought observatory are taken.  During October 1-2 consultation  with different national actors  was initiated and an  implementation plan established. Read More

Deficit Irrigation

A new manual on deficit irrigation techniques in Quinoa production systems in the Altiplano is available online. More

Coordination meeting MWAR- LAC project (Montevideo, February 3-4, 2014)

Progresses of ongoing activities and upcoming follow-up activities were presented and discussed during this meeting. Additionally, project activities and possible linkages with key partners were presented and discussed. More

Upcoming activities

Course of the Latin American School of Applied Soil Science (ELAFIS) – November 2014 More
Course: “Training institute on remote sensing applied to water and land resources.” More
Development of a Regional Drought Monitor in collaboration with Princeton University. More

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