Resilience
Southeast Asian countries enhance capacity to anticipate climate related hazards

Southeast Asian countries enhance capacity to anticipate climate related hazards

01/06/2022

The Framework on Anticipatory Action in Disaster Management supports and strengthens forecast and response.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched the Framework on Anticipatory Action in Disaster Management for a more comprehensive and innovative approach in disaster anticipation.

The framework, introduced at the side-lines of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) held in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, aims to inspire governments and partners across the globe to champion coherence, collaboration and forward vision for a disaster-resilient ASEAN Community and beyond.

“Southeast Asian countries are moving towards mechanisms for disaster preparedness and response that can operate based on the ‘One ASEAN One Response’ principles of speed, scale and solidarity,” said Tianchai Chukittiwibul, Deputy Director General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of Thailand and Chair of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management.

Climate related hazards such as floods, typhoons, droughts, heat or cold waves and storm surges have affected over 57 million people in Asia Pacific, including Southeast Asia. Not only threatening lives of the most at-risk populations, these hazards also have ripple effects on community livelihoods, which can strip away income and food security. Over the last 50 years, Asia alone has accounted for half of the world’s economic losses from natural disasters, amounting to more than US$ 1.3 trillion.

ASEAN acknowledges that climate change continues to increase the occurrence and intensity of extreme hazard, thus anticipatory action is fast becoming a critical approach in comprehensive disaster risk management. Existing ASEAN policies and frameworks, in particular the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Work Programme 2021–2025, provides concrete entry points for advancing anticipatory action and offer opportunities for further alignment and integration within disaster risk management systems.

Also present at the launching event, Shukri Ahmed, Deputy Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Office of Emergencies and Resilience, congratulated and commended ASEAN for the significant progress in building the region’s disaster management capacity. He was also grateful for the support from the European Union for this important initiative.

“ASEAN, being one of the most productive agricultural baskets in the world, is also the best suited to showcase the importance of anticipatory action for livelihood interventions. Natural disasters can have ripple effects on livelihoods, which can strip away income and food security. Taking anticipatory actions will ensure countries are able to protect livelihoods and save lives,” said Ahmed.

He added that FAO stands ready to support Southeast Asian countries by working together towards a resilient ASEAN Community.

More information on FAO’s work in the Asia-Pacific region can be found here.

Anticipatory Action at a Glance

Anticipatory Action is a set of interventions that is carried out when a hazard poses imminent danger based on a forecast, early warning or pre-disaster risk analysis. It is taken by an individual or organization before an anticipated disaster to mitigate its impact on people, assets and infrastructure that are likely to be affected.

Anticipatory Action provides early warning information and advisory to decision-makers in government, the private sector, civil society, local communities and humanitarian partners; enabling informed and timely action at different levels; situational monitoring of the risks or possible impacts; ensuring the continuation of services such as access to water, electricity, communications, and transportation infrastructure; protective livelihood interventions; pre-positioning equipment and supplies where there is an imminent danger; distributing assistance pre-disaster; and ensuring critical infrastructure maintenance is done – all ahead of a disaster.

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