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Drought early warning systems) and, ultimately, the formulation of drought preparedness plans. Similarly, emergency managers, who have the assignment of responding to drought, struggle to deal with the large spatial coverage usually associated with drought. Drought is a temporary aberration, unlike aridity, which is a permanent feature of the climate. , a well-defined dry season) also must be distinguished from drought. Considerable confusion exists among scientists and policy makers on the differentiation of these terms.

DROUGHT-VULNERABLE VS. DROUGHTRESILIENT SOCIETY The Drought Discussion Group of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has proposed a new paradigm Drought as Hazard: Understanding the Natural and Social Context 23 to improve understanding of the drought hazard in the macro and micro contexts with the goal of enhancing drought preparedness and mitigation efforts in all settings ranging from local to national and from developing to developed countries (ISDR Drought Discussion Group, 2003).

Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1987. ). The Household Economy Approach: A Resource Manual for Practitioners. London: Save the Children, 2000. Tannehill, IR. Drought: Its Causes and Effects. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 1947. Wilhite, DA, ed. Drought: A Global Assessment. London: Routledge Publishers, 2000. Wilhite, DA, MH Glantz. Understanding the drought phenomenon: The role of definitions. Water International 10:111–120, 1985. Wilhite, DA, MJ Hayes, C Knutson, KH Smith. Planning for drought: Moving from crisis to risk management.

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