This conference brought together a wide array of scientists and public policy experts from seven countries. A consensus developed in working sessions on the need to embrace a new paradigm of risk-based drought management and planning because the current crisis management approach is ineffective and expensive.
The conference resulted in preparation of a document entitled, "Managing Drought: A Roadmap for Change in the United States."
A Congressional Briefing was held on 20 September 2006, with preliminary results from the meeting. A second Congressional Briefing (18 July 2007) focused on key recommendations from the conference and the Roadmap.