In Focus: Disaster Risk Management

Publication | April 2011

ADB’s integrated disaster risk management program enhances country resilience by reducing country vulnerabilities to risks and responding faster to impacts.

Challenge

Disasters continue to erode development gains throughout Asia and the Pacific, a region that generates one quarter of the world’s gross domestic product yet accounts for 42% of global economic losses and 85% of deaths as a result of natural hazard impacts.

Strategy

Disaster risk management is crucial for sustainable development. ADB’s Disaster and Emergency Assistance Policy (DEAP) incorporates a comprehensive and integrated approach for managing disaster risk.

Response

ADB’s DEAP Action Plan helps (i) identify risks so they can be made part of country development plans and programs; (ii) build member country disaster management capacity and institutions; (iii) assist countries after disasters; and (iv) foster regional disaster risk management cooperation, coordination, and institutionalization.