The present report explores avenues for optimized cooperation for sharing knowledge and analysis for disaster management in Asia and the Pacific. It provides a preliminary overview
of major existing regional cooperation initiatives and networks in disaster-related fields, including their activities, territorial coverage, types of disasters addressed and services
provided. Based on the overview and findings, the secretariat proposes increased and enhanced regional cooperation towards establishing a network of networks on knowledge
The present information note contains a preliminary list of major national, regional and international initiatives and networks which have been assisting the ESCAP member States in
knowledge sharing and analysis for disaster management. The methodology for compiling this list was online research, review of literature and informal interviews with disaster experts. The
compilation of this list is an ongoing initiative and therefore its contents are not exhaustive. In order to better serve member States, the secretariat would appreciate receiving any relevant
The present document briefly describes the policy and administrative framework of the national disaster management mechanism of China, illustrated by its response to the catastrophic Wenchuan earthquake in May 2008. The case study is intended to stimulate policy debate by the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction regarding the development of national disaster management mechanisms, related issues to be addressed and regional cooperation to assist the development and improvement of the emergency response capacities of member countries.
The present document presents major regional disaster risk reduction initiatives and efforts towards the achievement of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the region and reviews collaborative efforts to address major disasters in the region, such as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. It also highlights the outcomes of the Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which was held in Kuala Lumpur from 2 to 4 December 2008, and proposes future work that can be undertaken by ESCAP on regional cooperation in disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Hyogo Framework for Action emphasizes the need to monitor and review progress in disaster risk reduction not only to document the good implementation of the Framework but to feed into informed disaster risk reduction planning and programming at national, sub-national and regional levels. This document presents the interim progress in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in some countries of the Asia and the Pacific region. It also presents key challenges and gaps against the HFA strategic goals in the countries of the region.
The Typhoon Committee is an ESCAP-affiliated regional institution and a regional body of the Tropical Cyclone Programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Panel on Tropical Cyclones is a regional body jointly established by WMO and ESCAP. The main objectives of the Typhoon Committee and the Panel on Tropical Cyclones are to promote measures to improve tropical cyclone warning systems in the north-western Pacific Ocean, and in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, respectively.
The present document draws attention to the information and communication needs of early warning and disaster emergency response, discusses capacity gaps and reviews related experiences that have emerged from some of the recent major disasters in Asia and the Pacific. It also considers the potential role of innovative emerging technologies.