Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in the Pacific

Publication | August 2013

The Pacific is one of the world's most disaster-prone regions. The small size, remoteness, and fragile biodiversity of the Pacific islands make them exceptionally vulnerable to natural hazards, with low capacity to manage the resulting risks. In the future, climate-related disasters are likely to increase in number and scale. Disaster risk reduction and management are hence critical issues that must be addressed to avoid derailing the region's development progress.

Climate change will affect disaster risks through changes in weather and climate hazards, as more extreme weather events are likely to increase in the future. The Pacific region is already experiencing changes in climate such as higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, varying frequencies of natural hazard events, and sea-level rise. It is important to integrate climate change considerations within existing disaster risk reduction (DRR) tools, as DRR based only on past and current experiences is likely to fail in building resilience to future risks. Climate change can also further increase the vulnerability of communities even to the existing levels of hazards through ecosystem degradation, impacts on water supply and food security, and changes to livelihoods.

This flyer gives an overview of ADB's work in the area of disaster risk management for developing member countries in the Pacific.