The need for drought management work in the MRC's programmes was recognised in 2010 and on 4 March 2011, the four MRC Member Countries reaffirmed their need for moving forward with developing an effective regional drought risk assessment for the LMB in 2013, national studies and fact - finding missions between 2013 and 2017 and a regional study on land and water resources analysis in 2017 - 2018. The draft drought strategy report was discussed at a regional consultation workshop on 12 December 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. National consultation workshops were held in February and March 2018 and a second regional consultation workshop was held on 26 February 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. After approval of the draft Drought Management Strategy 2020 - 2025 by the MRC Joint Committee, the following tasks will follow:
- Based on the strategy preparatory works, formulate a draft five - year project work plan, including detailes bankable project components, and elaborating the details of the action plan;
- Review of the draft work lan and action plan by the four countries;
- Conduct a regional workshop to discuss the detailed work plan and action plan;
- Finalise the action plan and the detailed project components;
Incorporate the drought management five - year work plan into the MRC's annual work programme under the new structure of the Regional Flood and Drought Management Centre (RFDMC).