Third Africa-Asia Drought Adaptation Forum

The Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance Network’s (AADP) Third Africa-Asia Drought Adaptation Forum was organized in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, from 14-21 August 2013, with the financial support from the Government of Japan and AusAid.

The forum was facilitated jointly by the UNDP Drylands Development Centre (DDC) and the China Country Office, the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE) and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (XIEG) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The overall objective of the forum was to strengthen strategic and practical south-south cooperation among the selected drought-prone countries in Africa (i.e., Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritania and Namibia) and Asia (i.e., China and India) by providing the drought risk management (DRM) decision-makers, practitioners and experts from these countries with the opportunities for focused knowledge sharing, applied discussion and networking.

The event combined the desk-based discussion sessions in Urumqi (14-16 August) and the field study tour (16-21 August) in Xinjiang region in Northwest China.  It allowed the participants not only to share/listen to various DRR initiatives, programmes and projects through presentations and discussions but also to be actually exposed to some of these initiatives on the ground thus gaining an in-depth understanding of applicability of different models to different local contexts.



14 August

Introductory Meeting at UNDP China Office

15 August

Opening Session

  • Remark by Fu Chunli, Director, Xinjiang Branch, CAS
  • Remark Xiao Fenghuai, Deputy Director General, CICETE
  • Remark by Pang Jinwu, Deputy Chief Engineer, Ministry of Water Resources

Introductory Session

Panel Discussion Topic 1: Water Harvesting, Conservation and Management (Chair: Zhang Ning)

Interactive Session

Panel Discussion Topic 2: Land Rehabilitation, Restoration, Fertility Management (Chair: Guan Kaiyun)

Interactive Session

Wrap-up of Day One

16 August

Recap of Day One

Panel Discussion Topic 3: Policy and Institutional Framework (Chair: Sunya Orre Morongei)

Interactive Session

Wrap-up of Day Two

Day Field Trip

17 August

Study Tour (From Urumqi to Korla)

  • Turpan Eremophytes Botanic Garden, XIEG, CAS
  • Desert Landscape

18 August

Study Tour (From Korla to Tazhong)

19 August

Study Tour (From Tazhong to Cele and Hotan)

20 August

Study Tour (From Hotan to Urumqi)

  • Farmland Wind Shelter of Hotan Prefecture
  • Greenhouse

21 August

Closing Session

  • Wrap-up of the Forum
  • Visit the Museum of XIEG, CAS