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 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.
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 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.
Brochure on the Drought Mechanism (March 2014) to enhances the capacity of governments to use space-based data for effective drought monitoring and early warning. It applies science and technology to support the Asia-Pacific region in better addressing drought.
This is the presentation on Disaster Response @ Microsoft United Nations & NGO Collaboration, by Mr. Michael Wilks, Microsoft Operations, Singapore, delivered during the Expert Group Meeting on Emerging ICT Developments and Opportunities for Enhancing Cooperation in Achieving Regional Connectivity held in Bangkok, Thailand on 22 to 24 November 2010.