Symposium on Planning for Drought Mitigation
On July 26-27, 2012, amid one of the nation's worst droughts in recent memory, the American Planning Association hosted a scoping symposium in its Chicago office to explore the ways in which planning can address drought mitigation.
This symposium is part of a project undertaken by APA in cooperation with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska, and with the National Integrated Drought Information System, to produce a Planning Advisory Service Report on drought mitigation and preparedness and how communities can use planning to become more resilient in the face of drought.
Invited participants focused on helping APA to define the appropriate audiences and central issues for the project, delineate the guiding principles in planning for drought resilience, refine the outline for the PAS Report, and identify criteria for best practices and potential case examples to study.
Over the course of the symposium, participants highlighted the importance of reaching beyond the planning community and engaging a wide range of stakeholders in planning for drought resilience. They began by attempting to define what makes a community drought resilient.
APA and FEMA invited seven professionals, from various professional backgrounds, with extensive experience in drought planning and water management issues to participate in the scoping symposium.