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    What is the Southwest Drought Learning Network?

    The Southwest Drought Learning Network (DLN) links climate service providers with resource managers to increase community resilience when facing current and future drought events. Each of the five teams found in the outside circles are unique in their focus, but also work together and share opportunities with other teams. Knowledge sharing takes place between teams (which consist of climate service providers and other experts in the field) and resource managers/stakeholders with peer-to-peer learning as the focus of DLN. Past experiences, lessons learned, and availability to monitoring processes is a constant loop that increases the transfer of knowledge among teams and resources managers.

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    Who We Are

    Our network includes resource managers, scientists specializing in many areas including policy analysis, hydrology and climatology; state and federal government officials; tribal representatives; extension educators; and citizens interested in helping others share their experiences related to how they can respond to and recover from drought. Team members are actively involved in interdisciplinary research and collaboration; giving the network a diverse background and far-reaching audience. Participants from the first DLN meeting that was held in Last Cruces, New Mexico in February 2020 can be seen in this picture.

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The Drought Learning Network is a peer-to-peer knowledge exchange between climate service providers and resource managers. The main goal of the DLN is to gather and share lessons learned from drought events to improve responses to future droughts. The DLN was conceptualized as a framework for stakeholders to share experiences in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from drought to inform current and future response and mitigation actions.