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Box 2.1 Important terms

Preparedness: long-term water resources monitoring to evaluate the water-related risks and corresponding planning to manage effectively the anticipated water deficits, considering also the risks from probable drought events.

Crisis management: activation of pre-defined emergency plans and measures to deal with critical water deficits during the occurrence of drought events.

Resilience building: development of the necessary knowledge base, awareness, governance structure and technical infrastructure to support preparedness and crisis management against drought risks (e.g. raising awareness on water security concerns; providing capacity building and training; climate-proofing of socio-economic activities and areas; employing nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation; integrating ecosystem services in finance and insurance schemes dealing with water scarcity and droughts)

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