Regional Workshop on South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) 30-31st January 2017
Experts from South Asian countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka participated in a regional workshop on January 30-31st 2017 in New Delhi, India to discuss ways of using satellite remote sensing data and ICT for drought monitoring, and develop mitigation strategies in South Asia. The workshop saw enthusiastic participation from both government and scientific organizations. The two-day workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General of ICAR, Government of India.
The SADMS tool was demonstrated at the workshop to gather crucial feedback from representatives. The outcome of a three year project, SADMS was developed by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) supported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Global Water Partnership (GWP), CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan. The tool combines multisource satellite data on vegetation combined with weather data, soil moisture condition and historical information on drought events and crop yield information to develop integrated drought severity index (IDSI). The drought indices has been validated in several states in India and Sri Lanka with the support of various stakeholders. It helps predict the severity of coming dry spells and how long they might last.

Interactive Workshop - South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS)
The Interactive workshop on South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Monday, 20 April 2015.
Nearly 30 climate and water experts, Researchers, Universities and decision makers, representing the SAARC region, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Global Water Partnership South Asia (GWP SAS), Global Water Partnership Secretariat (GWPO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) attended the workshop. Afghanistan was not being able attended due to inevitable circumstances.
This intermediary workshop facilitated building user engagement in SADMS, and presenting the progress of developing SADMS to the users while the product is being finalizing more..