Policy Makers Dialogue and Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Asia and the Pacific - Harnessing Information and Space Technology and Geographic Information System

Date: 
23 Sep 2014 to 25 Sep 2014
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

The Policy Makers Dialogue and Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Asia and the Pacific - Harnessing Information and Space Technology and Geographic Information System is organized by the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of ESCAP, in collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), from 23 to 25 September 2014 in Bangkok.

In recent years, Asia and the Pacific has been relentlessly battered by a series of natural disasters. Rapid growth in urbanization amongst disaster prone countries calls for greater consideration for disaster risk reduction, as the potential for loss of life, loss of property and assets and negative economic impacts increases. In many cases, disruption to economic activities spills over into other countries and markets. Such supply chain disruptions can impact livelihoods beyond the immediate vicinity of disaster area. Therefore, taking measures to save lives through early evacuation, as well as early recovery of economic activities, are integral processes in disaster risk reduction and prevention. Effective use of Information and communication Technology (ICT), space technology applications and geographic Information systems (GIS) plays a key role in addressing these challenges. Against this backdrop, ESCAP member States adopted resolution 69/11 on "Implementation of the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Applications of Space Technology and Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, 2012-2017" as well as resolution 69/12 which set out the agenda for further "Enhancing regional cooperation for building resilience to disasters in Asia and the Pacific". As part of the implementation of these resolutions, the ESCAP secretariat is organizing this dialogue meeting with policy makers from disaster risk reduction and management; stakeholders and authorities of ICT, space technology and GIS applications; experts on innovative technologies applications; UN agencies; and the private sector.

The meeting will set forth regional stakeholders forum in the areas of (a) Applications of ICT, space technology and GIS for disaster damage assessment and enhancing economic resilience; (b) integration of ICT, space technology and GIS to provide appropriate information for in situ disaster warning and response; (c) Strengthening regional cooperative mechanisms on the utilizations of space technology and GIS for disaster management. This meeting will also develop the capacity of participants from Asia-Pacific countries through harnessing space technology and GIS applications for disaster risk reduction. The outcomes of the dialogue will be brought to the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, as a space applications perspective in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2), as well as the Asia-Pacific ministerial conference, which is planned to be organized in 2016 to evaluate the progress of the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action.