UNESCO IHP (International Hydrologic Programme), IDI (International Drought Initiative) and WSDAC organized a meeting from 17‐18 December 2014 at WSDAC “Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change” UNESCO category II centre hosted by the Institute for the Development of Water Resources “Jaroslav Černi” in Belgrade, Serbia. The meeting, attended by representatives and experts from the region, launched the Southeast
European secretariat for the G‐WADI Programme (Global Network on Water and Development Information in Arid Lands), as well as the identification of gaps and needs of the member states.
Numerous case studies from the Southeast European region, as well as worldwide, were presented to identify the gaps in data availability, tools and methodologies to address floods and droughts in member states. Furthermore, the need for a capacity building component was identified during the meeting. The meeting discussed products offered by the G‐WADI network, linkages with the International Drought Initiatives (IDI) and possible joint activities.