Unfortunately, private sector SMEs are among the most vulnerable to disasters. Many do not have the means to invest in technologies to reduce the consequences of disasters before they strike, or the resources to recover after a disaster.
ADPC in cooperation with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion and the epartment of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of Thailand organizes a high-level policy dialogue on SMEs' disaster resilience on 8−9 October 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have announced a five-year project that will promote the use of satellite imagery to help Asia’s Lower Mekong region predict and cope with floods and other natural disasters. Shutterstock.com/Cristi Matei
Nearly ten years have passed since the Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster struck 13 out of 14 coastal districts in December 26th 2004. It caused devastating loss of lives and widespread damage to infrastructure, environment and subsequently the national economy in Sri Lanka.
Private companies, both large and small, are severely disrupted by the increasingly extreme events of natural disasters and are often pushed to the brink or even out of business. Since 2003, ADPC has made significant efforts to build the capacity of SMEs and reduce resilience by aiming for national and international standards.