ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/SDPD/2005/9

Country: Arab region, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Syrian Arab Republic, Republic of Yemen

Publication Type: Reports & studies

Publication Subject: ESCWA Water Development Report

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: Natural resource sustainability

Initiatives: RICCAR

SDGs: Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, Goal 14: Life Below Water

Keywords: Arab countries, Development, Drought, Drought control, Economic aspects, Social aspects, Water, Water resources, Poverty, Population trends, Labour policy, Environmental aspects, Early warning systems, Climate change

ESCWA Water Development Report 1: Vulnerability of the Region to Socio-Economic Drought

January 2005

Of all natural hazards, drought affects the greatest number of people globally, with devastating impact. The vulnerability of communities to drought is dependent on a host of physical, social, environmental and  economic characteristics. In recent years, owing to population growth, soil degradation, increased desertification, and projected climate change scenarios, drought research and planning has become crucial to averting and mitigating drought disasters. Drought vulnerability research examines how the impacts of drought are a result of the interactions of social, political and economic systems, as well as the meteorological drought phenomenon.

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