Australia’s attempt at a national drought policy in the early 1990s and its experiences with this policy over the past decade have intrigued the international scientific and policy communities. Few nations have made much progress on a national policy but it is now being widely discussed by many countries and promoted by United Nations agencies, international development organizations, development banks, and others. For example, under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), countries are encouraged to develop national action programs to combat the effects of desertification and drought. There are also many other national, regional, and global initiatives to promote the need for greater levels of drought preparedness and to formulate national drought policies. The experiences of Australia represent valuable lessons to many countries, developed and developing alike, on the opportunities and challenges of a national drought policy and preparedness strategy. Documenting the policy development process and the lessons learned at each step in the process will benefit all nations that choose to follow this course of action.
|Title of host publication||From Disaster Response to Risk Management|
|Subtitle of host publication||Australia's National Drought Policy|
|Editors||Linda Courtenay Botterill, Donald A. Wilhite|
|Place of Publication||Netherlands|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2005|
|Name||Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research|