This paper seeks to determine the effects of the digital economy in the regional integration process underway in the Asia-Pacific region. Based on international trade and information and
communications technology (ICT) statistics, the digital economy is accelerating the process of regional integration in a number of ways. First, the digital economy, by fostering intra-regional
growth in trade and employment, is inducing shifts in the regional development paradigm.
This paper aims to increase the understanding on mortality and people’s behavior in the case of tsunami. This study combines the lessons learnt during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011 with the Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004 using data from Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Individual short case studies are used to highlight risky behaviour during the disaster.
This paper examines the concept of resilience and its importance in Asia Pacific region and the relevance to global frameworks and goals in disaster risk reduction. Given the breadth of the subject matter, it focuses on the sub‐set of disaster data, namely loss and damage, and in that context the issue of addressing vulnerability in the disaster response phase. It concludes with the proposal of a number of policy options. The conceptual framework of resilience addresses multiple shocks; however this paper focuses on the impacts from disasters caused by natural hazards.
As the most disaster prone region in the world, building resilience is one of the most important current challenges for Asia and the Pacific. Rapid and uncontrolled urban expansion with poor land use planning and management and environmental degradation, coupled with an ever more complex society having deep interlinkages at the local, national, regional and global levels, have led many policymakers to recognize the need to move away from addressing single issues to treating economic or social sectors holistically.
This is a summary report in Russian on Information and communications technology-enabled disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific for the First Session of the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, 19-21 November 2008, Bangkok, Thailand