UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has recognized #drought as an important issue because it is among the most damaging and least understood of all so-called "natural” hazards. Because the impacts of drought are less direct and immediately visible than the impacts of events such as #hurricanes and #floods , drought has, for a long time, received less attention in #disaster #research and #riskreduction.
Drought can have long-lasting and cascading impacts across multiple spatial scales. In addition, while #agriculture is typically the first and most affected sector, many other sectors, including #water supply for different uses, #energy production, #tourism and #recreation , #transportation , and many more, suffer from the impacts of drought.
Interested in the topic? UNU-EHS scientists Dr. Michael Hagenlocher and Isabel Meza have recently been appointed Lead Authors (LAs) for the UN Global Assessment Report on #disasterriskreduction (GAR) Special Report on Droughts (GAR SR Drought) that is published by UNDRR. Find more information on our website (link in bio). Photo: © UNICEF / Prinsloo