About the session
The Asia-Pacific region is prone to various disasters every year and the aftermath of these disasters tend to be a huge cost to economies/ countries and individual households. It is quite common to hear of economic losses or financial losses because of these disasters. Similarly, crude estimates of loss to gross domestic product (GDP) are cited as some of the effects of disasters. National statistical agencies have not been on fore front of measuring losses from disasters in the Asia-Pacific though they have made strides to produce disaster related statistics. Other statistical systems are simply in the process of setting up systems to compile disaster related statistics. Disaster management agencies have been on the forefront to measure potential economic losses from disasters.
This Stats Café discussed issues relating to how economic losses from disasters. It provided a forum to share experiences on how economic losses are measured. Furthermore, it highlighted specific case studies on measuring economic losses based on conceptual frameworks for economic losses from disasters.
- Lutfi Alfia, Statistician, BPS Indonesia: Disaster related statistics in Indonesia
- Daniel Clarke, Researcher, Statistics and Data Directorate, OECD: Concepts of measuring economic losses from disasters
- Alper Aras, Economic Affairs, United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR): Concepts and case studies on economic losses from disasters