An introductory meeting to support Afghanistan was carried out on 26 January 2021 under the auspices of the Office of the State Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs. The meeting focused on understanding policy, institutional coordination, current capacity and supportive legislation related to the use of geospatial information for disaster preparedness, early warning, response and recovery. The information captured during the meeting was used for identifying priorities that resulted in offering advocacy on drought monitoring in Afghanistan in the period from January to May.
On 21 May 2021, the Office of the State Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs and UN-SPIDER conducted a virtual thematic meeting with key stakeholder agencies on the theme “Assessing drought and water resource conservation using Earth observation”. The meeting was conducted in collaboration with two regional support offices of UN-SPIDER, namely, Delta State University and the International Water Management Institute.