The project aims to demonstrate the integration of climate projections into flood and landslide risk assessment; and equip ASEAN Member States with tools and techniques on risk assessment and mapping for better land-use planning. This will ensure they are better equipped with appropriate solutions to address future risks.
The project will complement ASEAN objectives to achieve its objectives set under the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Case visits are integral part of the project designed to expose RBP team and ASEAN members on effective flood and landslide risk management practices in ASEAN and Japan. The case visits helped RBP teams to understand the process of risk management and uptake replicable approaches in the pilot sites. Case visits provided the opportunity to update with new practices, cross-examine with the existing practices in their own country, and establish connection with relevant agencies and resource person.
The project provided a platform among ASEAN disaster management experts from relevant agencies to learn from each other. In each of the activities and training sessions helped to build a solid understanding of disaster risk assessment. These includes familiarization of fundamental concepts and methods of risk assessment and climate change downscaling and hands-on experience of modeling and spatial tools and techniques.
ASEAN Member States contribution as a resource person was significant in bringing their in-country experiences and leading the discussion. Participation of ASEAN and RBP team greatly helped in identifying the capacity gaps and available know-how on disaster risk management spread across agencies in ASEAN Member States such as on disaster risk management system, latest tools and information platform, guidelines, and planning.
Through numerous field visits and stakeholders consultations, Member States concurred that flood and landslide are two most common water related disasters caused by rain and can be seen across almost all ASEAN countries, hence the focus for this project; while improvement of hazard and risk assessments/risk mapping integrating climate change projection was marked highest priority in the region.