Sources: Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management
Date: June 2021
In response to a request made by APDIM’s 4th Governing Council, this document outlines the vision of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) for the 2021-2030 decade and proposes potential deliverables for the Biennium 2021-2022. This Programme of Work aims at positioning APDIM as an important regional centre for disaster information management and risk-informed development. APDIM aspires to do so by becoming a thought leader and go-to repository of information.
Disaster events have been devastating lives, economies, and environments regularly across the globe. The 2019 Asia Pacific Disaster Report developed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM), shows that the absolute multi-hazard average annual loss (AAL) in US dollars for the region as a whole is a staggering USD 148,866 million which represents 54 per cent of global multi-hazard risk. These estimates refer to direct losses that normally represent only 30 to 40 per cent of total losses, applying this assumption to Asia and the Pacific region, the total average annual loss, including indirect losses, would rise to USD 270,936 million — representing 1 per cent of the region's gross domestic product (GDP). In individual countries, it could be a much higher figure.
With the increased understanding that losses due to disasters undermine the ability of economic growth to reduce poverty and inequality, the need for disaster information management services and technical assistance to the member States is therefore even more relevant. Understanding hazard and risk in all its dimensions is fundamental for designing effective risk reduction measures and development plans that will not only contribute to reducing the existing stock of risk but also prevent the creation of additional risk. In the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, understanding disaster risk is the priority for action: “policies and practices for disaster risk management should be based on an understanding of disaster risk in all its dimensions of vulnerability, capacity, exposure of persons and assets, hazard characteristics and the environment.”