Strategic Focus of the Trust Fund

The Fund continues to evolve in line with changing needs within the Asia-Pacific region, capacities of member countries and implementing partners, and priorities within the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Accordingly, it’s strategy for 2017-2020 is structured around four pillars:
Enhancing Early Warning Regional Cooperation Credit: ESCAP / WMO Typhoon Committee

Enhancing Early Warning Regional Cooperation

The Trust Fund deepens and extends regional cooperation mechanisms and partnerships to strengthen early warning systems for the benefit of high-risk and low capacity countries in the Indian Ocean and Pacific basins, particularly addressing transboundary hazards.

Strengthening “Last Mile” Early Warning Systems Credit: Oleg Golovnev / Shutterstock

Strengthening “Last Mile” Early Warning Systems

The Trust Fund consolidates good practices and pilots new approaches to promote comprehensive people-centred multi-hazard early warning systems. Learning and sharing successful experiences equip countries in Asia-Pacific to expand the scope of their warning systems to underserved areas to ensure all residents have access to warning in the event of a hazard.

Investing in Climate Risk Management Credit: Md. Mahbubur Rahman

Investing in Climate Risk Management

The Trust Fund presents an important and cost-effective opportunity to contribute to development, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the Asia-Pacific region. Alongside enhancing seasonal forecasting, long-term risk analysis and impact-based forecasting, the Trust Fund also develops tools for managing and adapting to El Niño/La Niña and drought, scaling up gains from ESCAP’s and other ongoing initiatives.

Harnessing Innovation, Science & Technology Source: ESCAP

Harnessing Innovation, Science & Technology

The Trust Fund integrates state of the art communication, science and technology in disaster management and related fields, such as geo-informatics and space technology, to advance early warning systems. Enabling the application of innovation, science and technology supplements projects in high-risk, low capacity countries and ensures the “last mile” is covered.