Description

Asia and the Pacific has seen tremendous economic and social progress since the 1960s. Yet, the region remains vulnerable to disaster risk that threatens its hard-won gains. Over the years, developing Asia has endured a growing number of disasters triggered by natural hazards. As a result, numerous lives, livelihoods, and communities have been damaged or lost. The COVID-19 pandemic is testament to the debilitating effects of such a disaster on people, businesses, and economies. Indeed, in 2020, developing Asia suffered its first economic contraction in 6 decades. Now more than ever, the region must find ways to reduce its vulnerability to natural hazards and build economic resilience. This webinar will discuss disaster resilience in Asia, highlighting the issues identified in the new report, “Disaster Resilience in Asia,” which is a special supplement of Asia’s Journey to Prosperity: Policy, Market, and Technology over 50 Years.

Objectives

Participants in the webinar will engage with the experts to:

  • Get a clear picture of the trends in natural hazards in the region and the underlying causes of these trends. 
  • Understand the region’s vulnerability to disaster risks, such as the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Discuss policy options that can help make the region more resilient to natural disaster risks in the future.

How to join

Registration is closed.

Host

Yasuyuki Sawada

Yasuyuki Sawada
Chief Economist and Director General
Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Asian Development Bank

Moderator

Karen Lane

Karen Lane
Director, Knowledge Support Division
Department of Communications
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Debarati Guha-Sapir

Debarati Guha-Sapir
Director
Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED)
Belgium

Ilan Noy

Ilan Noy
Professor and the Inaugural Chair in the Economics of Disasters and Climate Change
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

Charlotte Benson

Charlotte Benson
Principal Disaster Risk Management Specialist
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank

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