Drought Management Centre for South East Europe

Level: International
Region: Europe
Tags: Agriculture | Capacity building & knowledge transfer | Resilience
Target audience: Agricultural authorities | Environmental authorities | Local government/municipalities | National government | Regional government | Students/university | Water authorities | Water companies

It has become evident over the past few decades that all countries in South Eastern Europe are affected by droughts, which are becoming more and more long-lasting and severe. Since 1998, a series of meetings and workshops have been held at European and sub-regional levels that express the need for a “Balkan Drought Monitoring Centre”. The main aim of the DMCSEE project is to improve drought preparedness (by performing risk assessment and establishing early warning system) and to help reduce drought impacts.                

The project achieved this aim by establishing several specific objectives, namely:

  • Preparation of regional drought monitoring, analysis and early warning products (products should be available on a “near real-time” basis).
  • Assessment of regional vulnerability (mainly concerning agriculture) to drought impacts (this information should be included in any early warning system).
  • Promoted and improved drought preparedness in partner countries through the organisation of training sessions and national seminars.

Results obtained

  • Establishment of a drought monitoring system.
  • Establishment of a web page, including a web-based GIS client for exchange of spatial information and the provision of common regional maps.
  • Developed and adopted common methodology for drought risk assessment.
  • Developed drought risk and drought vulnerability maps for the region, using GIS techniques.
  • Capacity building trainings and publication of a training manual.

Success factors

  • The quantity and quality of collected meteorological and topographical data (e.g. on precipitation, air temperature and land use), and exemplary cooperation between the consortium members.

Indicators used

  • Number of studies on historical drought impacts and drought management.
  • Provision of maps of drought risk, based on GIS functionality.
  • Number of hits per month on the operational website.
  • Number of administrative and private sector actors and individuals in interactive communication within the product dissemination system.
  • Number of relevant articles and their appearance in the press and other media (e.g. TV, radio).
  • Number of staff training events and conferences attended.
  • Number of staff members with increased capacity.
  • Number of publications produced.
  • Number of national seminars implemented for end users in multiple sectors (e.g. agriculture, water utilities, hydroenergy).
  • Number of training manuals produced.
  • Number of improved local policies and instruments.
  • Number of uniquely developed strategies that were adopted.

The project can be implemented in any country and region where data on historic rainfall, temperature and land use is available in sufficient quantity and quality. Other preconditions are political commitment (in terms of capacity building and participation of local government) for sustainable operability, legal status of the DMCSEE project, and effective dialogue with all stakeholders during the project.

Total costs

  • EUR 2,233,595


Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia (EARS)
Agencija Republike Slovenije za okolje
Address: Vojkova 1b, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mr. Gregor Gregorič
Telephone No.:  +386 1 478 40 65
Fax No.: +386 1 478 40 52
E-mail: gregor.gregoric@gov.si