High-Level Forum on UNESCAP Sri Lanka Pilot project on Space Application for Agricultural Drought Monitoring and Early Warning was held on 28th to 29th April 2016

Arthur C Clarke Institute for ModernTechnologies (ACCIMT), the national agency of Sri Lankafor space technology applicationshas embarked upon a pilot project on the applications of spacetechnology for drought monitoringand early warning under United Nations Economic and SocialCommission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)Regional Cooperative Mechanism forDrought Monitoring and Early Warningwhich is being implemented in the overall context ofbuilding the resilience of theagrarian economies of Asia and the Pacific region. As part of theabove initiative, the UNESCAP/ACCIMT High-Level Forum on the above on- goingpilot project was held from 28thto 29th April 2016, at Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mt. Lavinia. The objectives of the project are todevelop space technology based drought monitoring,forecasting and early warning systemwith specific applications including the customizeddrought products and indices addressingthe unmet needs of the key stake holder agencies,provide in-season satellite data andspecialized capacity development training in order toenhance the knowledge and capacityof ESCAP member Countries for managing agriculturaldrought more efficiently.