Webinar series: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic: Building resilience to cascading disasters through regional cooperation in South Asia

1 Jul 2020
Bangkok, Thailand

Webinar 1: Investing in innovative solutions to manage cascading disaster risks
Date: TBC

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, South Asian countries are being hit by Cyclones such as Amphan (India and Bangladesh) and Nisarga (India), floods in Assam/ India, and locust infestations in Afghanistan, India, Iran and Pakistan. The monsoon season has just set in, while tropical cyclones and heatwave seasons have already arrived. Across South Asia, floods and drought often peak during the monsoon seasons starting from June. These climate extremes are likely to intersect with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Understanding the links between epidemics and disasters requires innovative solutions. A wide-range of risk analytics such as impact forecasting and risk informed early warning, indexing and creating integrated risk matrices to target at risk communities has been developed and put to use in response to the intersecting risks between the pandemic and extreme climate events. Recognizing that innovations are key to protect the community, there is a need to enhance our knowledge and understanding on outstanding challenges and emerging opportunities towards operationalizing the risk analytics for intelligent crisis management solutions in specific context of cascading disasters. In the era of COVID-19, these experiences can form the basis for the next generation of integrated risk analysis to build back better to the cascading crises.

Jointly organized by UNESCAP, the National Institute of Disaster Management and SAARC Disaster Management Centre, this webinar focuses on digital and analytical innovations such as sharing of risk analytics solutions, geo-referenced big data platform such as Asia-Pacific Disaster Resilience Network as well as the challenges and lesson learnt that can support the build back better approach to the COVID-19 recovery and prepare for a resilient South Asia..

Registration information will be coming soon.