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Disaster Risk Management in the Asia and Pacific Region: Policy Dialogue Workshop

Event | 24 June 2013 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan

Purpose

This event will review the new chapter drafts to finalize the book, "Disaster Risk Management in Asia and the Pacific," to discuss cross-cutting issues reflecting the lessons and challenges that the region has experienced in recent decades, and to make appropriate policy recommendations for the countries in the Asian region. The study is being carried out by ADBI and the Regional and Sustainable Development Department at ADB.

Background

The Asia and Pacific region is vulnerable to natural disasters. Of the ten major natural disasters with the highest death tolls in the world since 1980, seven have occurred in developing countries in the Asian region. The average annual economic loss due to natural disasters in the Asia and Pacific region in 2002–2011 is $65 billion.

In view of the severe economic and human impact of disasters, it is important to formulate and implement country-based and region-wide strategies to address and reduce such risks and their consequences.

This workshop will have four sessions with presentations, discussions, and Q&A on such issues as:

  • Strategic Direction in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the Asia and Pacific region
  • The Vulnerability Challenge
  • Compound Disasters
  • The Social and Economic Challenge
  • DRM at Local and National level
  • DRM at Regional and International Level
  • Trends in the Asia and Pacific region
  • Financing and Insurance

Objectives

To review the new drafts to finish the book, "Disaster Risk Management in Asia and the Pacific,"and to discuss cross-cutting issues. Policymakers from member countries are invited for an in-depth discussion on DRM. The study will reflect the lessons and challenges that the region has experienced in recent decades, and make appropriate policy recommendations in matters of DRM for the countries in the region.

Outputs

The presentations and discussions will feed into the deliberations that will help shape the book, "Disaster Risk Management in Asia and the Pacific," to be finalized in July 2013.

Participants

Session 1: Strategic Direction in Disaster Risk Management in Asia and the Pacific (9:30 - 11:00). The session is open to the media and the general public.

Other sessions are not open to the public.

Language

English (simultaneous interpretation of Japanese provided in session 1)

Partners

ADB and RSDD (ADB)