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Government of Bihar launches first Bihar State Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Patna, India
The Platform was for government departments to review the implementation progress of the Bihar Disaster Risk Reduction Roadmap - a 15 year, multi-sector Roadmap for Disaster Risk Reduction based on the recommendations of the SENDAI Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).

Special lecture on Climate Change Adaptation by Professor Andreas Neef at ADPC

Bangkok, Thailand
Andreas Neef, Professor in Development Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, held a special guest lecture at Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) that discussed climate change adaptation in the post-disaster recovery process.

ADPC and guests help guide Stenden University's disaster management curriculum

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC participated in a Disaster Management Expert Session hosted by Stenden University Thailand and its sister campus Stenden South Africa.

ADPC hosts workshop on the Baseline Assessment for Disaster Preparedness and Response in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) organized a workshop on baseline assessment for disaster preparedness and response to assess the capacity and challenges in emergency response systems and mechanisms in Cambodia.

SERVIR-Mekong grantees kick off innovative research

Bangkok, Thailand

SERVIR-Mekong personnel led a kick-off workshop for seven grantee organizations selected under the SERVIR-Mekong Grants Program at ADPC. The purpose of the event was to define roles and responsibilities, outline grant activities, and provide opportunities for the grantees to interact in person with SERVIR-Mekong staff.

Agro-ecosystem Resilience Building course continues in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) organized a training course on agro-ecosystem resilience in a changing climate for improved agricultural livelihoods and food security in Colombo, from 12 to 15 June 2017.

Business Resilience: An Example from Enhancing Supply Chain Resilience of the Automotive Sector in Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand
ADPC conducted its final workshop with Isuzu suppliers in Ayutthaya on developing a tailored Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

Run-out area assessment: understanding the risk of landslide

Bandarawela, Sri Lanka
ADPC conducted a training course on risk mapping and run-out area assessment as part of the Community Landslide Risk Mitigation Project, to which it is providing technical assistance in partnership with the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI).

Building Agro-ecosystem Resilience in a Changing Climate

Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
ADPC organized a four-day training course for government ministries and local authorities to enhance their understanding of mainstreaming weather and climate information application for agro-ecosystem resilience in a changing climate.

ADPC working towards Public-Private Partnerships for flood risk reduction in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand
The final component of the “Reduction of Vulnerability to Floods in Thailand” program funded by USAID-OFDA was successfully completed with a Forum on Public-Private Partnership for flood risk reduction, held in in Bangkok, Thailand.

Engaging the private sector in community flood risk reduction in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC’s five-year program for ‘Reduction of Vulnerability to Floods in Thailand’ concluded its last phase, which was being implemented in three provinces in central Thailand, by organizing a series of events to promote cooperation between the private and public sectors.

ADPC launches course workbook on Agro-Ecosystem Resilience in a Changing Climate

Kobe, Japan
The workbook is meant to be used by government officials in the Asia-Pacific to enhance their skills on mainstreaming weather and climate information application for agro-ecosystem resilience in a changing climate.


Gender Mainstreaming is Essential to Effective Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
UN WOMEN, the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees, and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) collaborated to organize a workshop on Gender in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction from 15–18 May 2017.

ADPC presents Hospital Risk Assessment results during high-level meeting in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) shared the results of risk assessments conducted in 16 public hospitals in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Mymensigh, Gazipur and Tangail in Bangladesh as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen disaster preparedness in the country.

A step towards community landslide risk mitigation in Sri Lanka

Colombo , Si Lanka
Representatives of over 30 stakeholder agencies joined the inception meeting of a World Bank funded project titled The Community Landslide Risk Mitigation in Sri Lanka to discuss the methodology and goals of the initiative.

Training of Trainers on Community-based Disaster Risk Management in Beihai, Guangxi Autonomous Region, P.R. China

Beihai, China

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and its partners conducted a four-day training course on Training of Trainers: Community-based Disaster Risk Management in Beihai, Guangxi Autonomous Region, P.R. China from 21-24 March 2017.

Fostering regional cooperation: ADPC hosts study visit to Nepal for Bangladesh government officials on hospital preparedness, response and managing mass casualty incidents

Kathmandu, Nepal
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) brought outstanding alumni from their Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) courses and government representatives from Bangladesh on a study visit to Kathmandu, Nepal, from 19 – 23 March 2017.

ADPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction (CESDRR)

Almaty, Kazakhstan
ADPC and CEMSDRR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance regional cooperation in emergency response in CESDRR member states and countries of Central Asia through capacity building initiatives.

Putting the geospatial puzzle together

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
ADPC and SERVIR-Mekong held a booth exhibition at the Science & Engineering Festival Exposition and Workshop (CSEF) to engage students with geospatial information systems (GIS) activities.

Message from the ADPC's Executive Director on International Women’s Day

Bangkok , Thailand
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, a celebration of progress made towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment, ADPC reiterates its resolve to building women’s resilience to disasters by enhancing their capacities at all levels.

Learning to meet the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable: ADPC kicks off a two-week training course on nutrition in emergencies

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC’s 6th regional two-week training course on nutrition in emergencies kick-starts in Bangkok on Monday with professionals from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Pakistan and Sudan and Thailand who work in the humanitarian, government, development sector and donor agencies.

ADPC aims to make healthcare facilities more resilient and environmentally friendly with new partnerships

Thailand, Bangkok
Representatives from Health Care Without Harm, a non-governmental organization working to make the healthcare sector more sustainable, visited Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) to discuss the possibility of both organizations working together in the future.

Event highlights how to reduce flood risk in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, Colombo
A public event in Sri Lanka showcased the findings of a flood risk assessment in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and discussed strategies to mitigate future flood risks.

ADPC announces new Executive Director

Bangkok, Thailand
Mr. Hans Guttman has been appointed Executive Director of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC).

ADPC launches training program to address psychosocial needs after emergencies in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The training course was the first step in creating an all-encompassing approach to disaster risk reduction initiatives within the country that can continue even after the program finishes.

Strengthening private sector resilience in Thailand through Area Business Continuity Management

Bangkok, Thailand
The iPrepare Business facility of ADPC convened the workshop on "Implementing - Reviewing and Improving Area Business Continuity Management (BCM)" at Bangkok Golf Spa Resort, Pathumthani province in Thailand on 4 November 2016.

First responders save lives after ferry accident in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya, Thailand
First responders trained by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center played a key role during search and rescue operations in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

ADPC and partners stress disaster preparedness at regional media workshop

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The training course urged participants to take a more proactive approach to disaster risk reduction by including practical preparedness concepts in their reporting.

AMCDRR launches the Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework

New Delhi, India
ADPC representatives participated in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016 in New Delhi, India.

13th RCC meeting concludes with emphasis on creating linkages among global frameworks for better implementation

Islamabad, Pakistan
The 13th annual meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management concluded on 19 October in Islamabad with an emphasis on creating strong linkages among various global frameworks for better implementation and greater impact on communities.

The Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management begins 17 October 2016

Islamabad, Pakistan
The 13th Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management will take place 17–19 October 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan, and will discuss implementing global frameworks throughout the region.

ADPC launches Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies South Asia project

Colombo, Sri Lanka
A diverse group of over 60 professionals participated in a sensitization workshop that was held in Colombo to launch a regional project on Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies-South Asia (HOPE-SA). The project aims to strengthen the capacity of selected public hospitals in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Pakistan.

His Excellency, Dr. Sohail Khan the Ambassador of Pakistan to Thailand visits ADPC ahead of the Regional Consultative Committee meeting

Bangkok, Thailand
His Excellency, Dr. Sohail Khan, Pakistan's Ambassador to Thailand, visited ADPC on 29 September 2016 to discuss current and future cooperation between Government of Pakistan and ADPC on strengthening Pakistan's institutional disaster management capacities.

ADPC and partners showcase disaster resilience efforts in Thailand at the Thailand Business Forum

Bangkok, Thailand
The iPrepare Business facility of ADPC organized the Thailand Business Forum as part of its ongoing regional project on Strengthening Disaster Resilience of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Asia.

Enhancing disaster risk reduction through gender, science and new partnerships

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC hosted a regional learning exchange to promote better linkages and synergies between disaster risk reduction and gender initiatives to promote sustainable development.

Empowering women through farming in rural Nepal

Phulbari, Nepal
Members of ADPC traveled to Phulbari, Nepal, to observe how the Anukulan Project helped women in a rural community go from being day laborers to successful farmers. The change reduced their vulnerability from migrating, improved their resilience to the impacts of climate change, lowered their stress levels, and helped make them feel empowered.

RCC Dates Announced

Islamabad, Pakistan
The 13th Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management will take place 17–19 October 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan, and will discuss implementing global frameworks throughout the region.

Asia and Europe exchange innovative disaster management ideas at ASEM conference

Da Nang, Vietnam
ADPC participated in the Asia-Europe Meeting a High-Level Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Innovation and Technology for Resilience-Based Sustainable Development, which brought together 120 experts from 22 countries of Asia and Europe.

ADPC pledges continued support to the Relief and Resettlement Department of Myanmar

Bangkok, Thailand
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and the Relief and Resettlement Department, Myanmar, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in the field of disaster and climate risk management. Dr. Ko Ko Naing, Director General of the Relief and Resettlement Department, Myanmar, and ADPC’s Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash, Executive Director a.i., signed the MoU.

New handbook aims to make communities safer for children in China

Bangkok, Thailand
The new report published in Mandarin focuses on integrating community based disaster risk management and child centered approaches from ADPC and partners work in Beijing, P.R. China.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand visits ADPC

Bangkok, Thailand
Her Excellency Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Thailand, visited Asian Disaster Preparedness center with a message of involving youth and schools in reducing disaster and climate change risk.

International Training Course on Building Efficiency Utilization of Satellite-Based Information during Emergency Response for CLMV countries

Chonburi, Thailand
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) was invited by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) to deliver sessions on the Concept of Disaster Emergency Response, Southeast Asia Extreme Events and Situation; and Regional and National Experience Earth Observation for Emergency Response.

World Humanitarian Day: a time to stand together

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC celebrates World Humanitarian Day 2016 as a day to pay homage to the victims of conflicts and disasters and deeply acknowledges the sacrifices of aid workers around the world.

Free Public Seminar on Global Food Security at ADPC

Bangkok, Thailand
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center is hosting a free public event from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Thursday 11 August on global food security.

Monitoring Land Cover for Resilient Development

Bangkok, Thailand
Working with partners in the region, SERVIR-Mekong takes a step closer in the development of the Regional Land Cover Monitoring System for the Lower Mekong Region.

Media workshop aims to increase disaster and climate change coverage in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar
Broadcasters from the top media and entertainment group in Myanmar participated in a two-day workshop to boost their understanding of disaster risk management and climate change.

ADPC Builds capacity on public health issues in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh
ADPC conducted a Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) Basic Training at the National Institute of Preventive Social Medicine (NIPSOM)

ADPC becomes a member of the Global Green and Healthy Hospital community

Bangkok, Thailand
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center recently joined the Global Green and Heathy Hospitals network - an international community of hospitals, health systems, and health organization dedicated to making the public health sector more sustainable and disaster resilient for the good of everyone in the community.

ADPC and Government of Bihar aiming to enhance capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction

Bihar, India
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Bihar in India to provide technical support during the implementation of the Bihar Roadmap for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015–2030).

ADPC reaffirms its commitment to support SME resilience in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

ADPC in collaboration with OSMEP and other relevant agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding joining efforts to build the capacity and competency of Thailand’s Small and Medium Enterprises on disaster risk management.

ADPC to collaborate with International Medical Crisis Response Alliance

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC in collaboration with IMCRA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build the capacity of medical caregivers in disaster preparedness and response in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aid & Development Asia Summit Highlights Role of Innovations and Collaboration in Improving Aid Delivery and Strengthening Health Resilience in South-East Asia

Bangkok, Thailand
The 2nd annual AIDF Summit at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, shared knowledge, success stories, innovation and partnerships to assist the SDGs in South-East Asia.

Bhutan takes the initiative to prepare for natural disasters and climate change

Bangkok, Thailand
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center conducted a workshop and study visit for Bhutanese District Governors to build their capacity in disaster risk management to create safer communities and protect development gains.

ADPC conducts youth leadership training in Myanmar

Ayeyarwaddy , Myanmar
ADPC conducted a training on Youth Leadership for Disaster Resilience in Myanmar in collaboration with other organizations. The five day training workshop provided participants from the youth sector with the necessary knowledge, skills and approaches towards leadership roles in disaster risk management.

ADPC and UN-SPIDER partner to boost space based technology in Asia-Pacific

Bangkok, Thailand
UN-SPIDER and ADPC sign agreement formalizing ADPC’s role as Regional Support Office. ADPC's role includes enhancing awareness and capacity of regional partners to use space-based information for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

H.E. Mikael Hemniti Winther visits ADPC

Bangkok, Thailand
The Ambassador of Denmark visited ADPC in preparation for his upcoming move to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Asian Business Forum on Risk Reduction and Resilience Building stresses the importance of safeguarding SMEs

Bangkok, Thailand
Participants at the forum highlight Small and Medium Sized Enterprises as an integral part of the economic landscape in the Asia Pacific and promote resilience building.

ADPC and Bangladesh partners conduct Community Based Earthquake Preparedness Simulation

Dhaka, Bangladesh
The realistic training event is meant to boost community awareness, response techniques and the coordination of key stakeholders.

ADPC research on climate change adaptation featured in UN document

Bangkok, Thailand
The Nairobi Work Programme’s document synthesizes information from a number of submissions on climate change impact, vulnerability, and adaptation measures and includes findings from three ADPC case studies.

India PM releases National Disaster Management Plan

New Delhi, India
The plan is the first ever national framework prepared in the country and aims to make India more disaster resilient and significantly reduce the loss of lives.

Linking gender, humanitarian action, and disaster risk reduction in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
ADPC with the Department of Social Welfare Myanmar, UN Women, UN OCHA and UNFPA conduct a training workshop on Gender in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction.

ADPC and partners take first steps towards integrating Corporate Social Responsibility and Disaster Risk Reduction in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC facilitated a meeting to develop a training curriculum for corporate social responsibility practices based on disaster risk reduction.

Media members and key stakeholders launch the Krabi Media Action Plan

Krabi, Thailand
The action plan acts as a guideline to support the media’s efforts to better inform communities on the effects of natural disasters and climate change.

Implementing the Disaster Management Confidence Building Measure action plan

Islamabad, Pakistan
ADPC lends its technical support to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in Pakistan in promoting informed and resilient development planning for the implementation of the Disaster Management Confidence Building Measure under the Heart of Asia initiative.

Preparing the upcoming 13th Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan
NDMA organized a meeting to discuss the preparation of the upcoming 13th Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (13th RCC) in Islamabad, Pakistan with financial support by GIZ and the Asia Foundation.

ADPC and IPPF organize the 2nd regional training course on reproductive health

Bangkok, Thailand
The objective of the training is to increase coordination, skills, advocacy and awareness of Sexual and Reproductive Health during humanitarian crises.

ADPC and IPPF build a regional pool of experts to manage reproductive health in emergencies

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC in cooperation with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) conducts the second regional training course on Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Rethinking the humanitarian system in preparation for the First World Humanitarian Summit

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation organized a workshop on Rethinking the Humanitarian System: Opportunities, Challenges, and Considerations in Local and National Engagement in preparation for a side-event at the First World Humanitarian Summit.

Asian businesses build resilience against disasters

Bangkok, Thailand
The rise in economic losses from disasters is in stark contrast with the decrease in human casualties over the past decade

Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into the development planning process in Afghanistan

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A two-day conference brought together senior Afghan officials to foster development in the country and produce a three-year resilient development program.

Thai journalists translate scientific disaster information to laypeople's terms

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC with partners organized a two-day workshop on disaster risk management and climate change for radio and television journalists in Thailand.

ADPC and IPPF to organize the second regional training on reproductive health in emergencies

Bangkok, Thailand
The training contributes to establishing a regional pool of resources on sexual and reproductive health in emergencies in Asia.

ADPC supports Vietnam in managing El Niño risk

Hanoi, Vietnam
ADPC with the National Hydro-Meteorological Service of Vietnam convened a national El Ni2o Outlook Forum in Hanoi to discuss the response to the exceptional weather conditions.

Thai community establishes a public-private partnership committee for disaster risk reduction

Ban Pho Tambol, Ayutthaya
Bringing together all stakeholders, the committee responds to the increasing risks caused by flooding during annual monsoon seasons.

Aid & Development Asia Summit 2016

Bangkok, Thailand
The summit looks at how technological innovations can support aid and development efforts in Asia-Pacific.

ADPC supports Bihar state in building disaster risk reduction capacity towards resilience

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation addresses Bihar’s disaster risk reduction priorities.

Successful risk-sensitive development initiatives in Lao PDR

Vientiane, Lao PDR
Mainstreaming disaster and climate risk management into investment decisions in Lao PDR under a grant provided by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development Fund’s Technical Assistance Program to Support Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

ADPC to collaborate with The Republic of Korea National Red Cross

Seoul, Korea
ADPC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards strengthening disaster risk reduction systems in collaboration with the Republic of Korea National Red Cross.

A national forum identified measures to respond to El Niño in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
ADPC and the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology of Myanmar convened a national El Ni2o Outlook Forum in Nay Pyi Taw.

USAID and ADPC handover the second tranche of essential search and rescue equipment to Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence

Dhaka, Bangladesh
USAID in partnership with ADPC organized a formal ceremony to handover light search and rescue equipment, first aid items, and steel containers for safe storage to the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence Directorate.

Linking disaster resilience and SME development initiatives in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia
ADPC in collaboration with the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs and the SME Center of the University of Indonesia organized a workshop focusing on the importance of policy and institutional frameworks that promote and enhance disaster resilience for small and medium enterprises in Indonesia.

Linking gender, humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Capacity-building to mainstream gender considerations into disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action plans and policies.

ADPC to collaborate with SIERRA International Medical Training Solutions

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards emergency response preparedness in collaboration with the SIERRA International Medical Training Solutions.

SERVIR-Mekong promotes the use of geospatial data for development in Lower Mekong

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC with partners will support the region’s countries in making risk-informed decisions on water management, land-use planning, disaster risk reduction, infrastructure development, and natural resources management.

Resilience Intel: Report on climate information and services in BRACED countries

Bangkok, Thailand
The BRACED program, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), helps people become more resilient to climate extremes in Asia, African Sahel and East African countries.

Building preparedness for hydro-meteorological, seismic and landslide hazards in South and Southeast Asia

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Asian Disaster preparedness center with the support of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs enhance preparedness and disaster risk reduction capacity in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Vietnam.

Seminar on business resilience for small and medium enterprises in Indonesia

Yogyakarta, Indonesia
ADPC with partners strengthen businesses resilience to natural disasters.

Emergency response: Stronger coordination of mental health and psychosocial support needed in Asia

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC's third regional conference on Bridging the Gaps in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies in Asia brings together officials and experts from across the Asian region and beyond.

Paddy growers restore agriculture through information and technology in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka
ADPC in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Ruhuna in Matara, introduced low-cost technology as well as generated and shared scientific information about weather patterns and forecasts for paddy growers.

ADPC and MET-Norway train experts in marine forecasting

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC with support from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs convenes experts to a regional workshop on marine forecasting in Bangkok.

Countries identify actions to build resilient and sustainable development in the face of disasters and climate change in Asia

Bangkok, Thailand
Governments and experts in disaster risk reduction from 13 countries gather this week in Bangkok for a forum organized by ADPC and Oxfam.

Pan-Asian Regional Policy Forum

Bangkok, Thailand

The forum contributes to enhancing resilience and sustainability, providing recommendations that will be presented at the forthcoming Paris 2015 UN climate conference.

Practitioners call for joint efforts to address the complex problems of disasters and climate change in Asia

Bangkok, Thailand
Experts in disaster risk reduction from more than 20 countries met last week in Bangkok and emphasized the need for innovative solutions between natural hazards and climate change to build sustainable and resilient development.

ADPC's regional courses for 2016 published

Bangkok, Thailand
Schedule of ADPC's specialized courses on disaster risk reduction now available.

Third batch of Saudi Heart participants selected for training

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Training continues for the Saudi Humanitarian Emergency Aid and Response Team (Saudi HEART) with the third batch of participants.

Making future agriculture resilient in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Workshop focused on innovative solutions and approaches to protecting livelihoods from the impact of the climate change.

ADPC to collaborate with the National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan

Bangkok, Thailand
Pakistani Government’s steps forward to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

ADPC to collaborate with the Architects Regional Council Asia

Ayutthaya, Thailand
ADPC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards disaster resilient architecture in collaboration with the Architects Regional Council Asia.

ADPC with partners launch a publication on business resilience

Bangkok, Thailand
The report on Resilient Business for Resilient Nations and Communities identifies the private sector as a key partner disaster risk reduction.

Asia Pacific Disaster Report promotes cross-border partnerships

Bangkok, Thailand
New report provides an overview of disaster-resilience in the region and puts disaster risk reduction at the heart of sustainable development.

ADPC continues collaboration with the College of Asian Scholars

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on continued academic and technical collaboration with the College of Asian Scholars.

ADPC at the Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum

Jakarta, Indonesia
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center is attending the Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia on 19–21 October 2015.

Earthquake risk and safer urban planning: A step towards building better

Mymensingh, Bangladesh
An Impact Story on ADPC's program to integrate risk information into the urban planning process in Mymensingh in Bangladesh.

ADPC launches a program for 'SME Champions of Resilience'

Bangkok, Thailand
The program will build small and medium enterprises’ capability to prepare for natural hazards in disaster-prone areas of Thailand.

Myanmar endorses Risk Assessment Roadmap developed in collaboration with ADPC

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The Roadmap outlines a step-by-step, structured process for risk identification and assessment in Myanmar.

Community members in the spotlight at the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2015

Bangkok, Thailand

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and accompanying organizations put community members first during the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2015.

International Day for Disaster Reduction and ASEAN Day for Disaster Management

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC partners with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of Thailand to organize a public event for raising awareness of disaster risk reduction in Thailand.

ADPC's case study in BSR's report on private sector resilience in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand
The report highlights the private sector’s critical role in building resilience and adaptive capacity in the face of climate-related natural hazards.

ADPC and UN-HABITAT conduct a multi-hazard risk assessment in Pakistan

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
The assessment will be utilized to develop a comprehensive disaster risk management strategy for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Thai officials become business continuity planning trainers

Khaoyai, Thailand
ADPC has trained the first batch of Thai government officials who will become business continuity planning trainers to build small and medium enterprises capacity to cope with natural disasters.

Hospitals in Bangladesh undergo risk assessment to better cope with disasters

Sylhet, Bangladesh
ADPC helps hospitals prepare for mass casualty incidents and develop emergency response plans.

ADPC showcases community empowerment work in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC launched a comprehensive documentation on the community resilience programs it has carried out in Thailand over the past years.

USAID, NASA and ADPC officially launch SERVIR-Mekong

Bangkok, Thailand
The formal launch of the geospatial data for development program SERVIR-Mekong took place on 31 August 2015 at ADPC’s headquarters in Bangkok.

Announcing the launch of SERVIR-Mekong

Bangkok, Thailand
On August 31, US NASA Administrator Bolden will participate in a launch of SERVIR-Mekong. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with NASA, is funding SERVIR-Mekong – a five-year geospatial data for development project implemented by ADPC.

Science and technology cooperation between South Asia and the EU

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC and partners recently concluded the Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development and Education (CASCADE) project.

ADPC and UNEP build capacity on community awareness and preparedness for technological hazards

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC and UNEP organized a regional training workshop to help governments develop a response system for severe industrial disasters.

DMC Sri Lanka and ADPC collaborate to ensure resilient development in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka
A two-day workshop was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka to mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into the local government sector.

ADPC conducts earthquake reconnaissance survey in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal
ADPC staff members travelled to Nepal to conduct an assessment of the damamge caused by the Gorkha earthquake that took place on 25 April 2015, and the various aftershocks that followed.

ADPC strengthens early warning systems for floods in Myanmar

Toungoo, Myanmar
The Climate Change and Climate Risk Management (CCCRM) department at ADPC conducted simulations and drills in Myanmar to reduce disaster risk caused by riverine floods.

ADPC’s Executive Director meets with the Prime Minister of Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal
ADPC’s Executive Director Mr. Shane Wright met with the Honorable Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal to discuss the recovery after the devastating earthquake that struck the country in April.

Sri Lankan farming communities to better utilize weather and climate information

Colombo, Sri Lanka
A national workshop on agro-ecosystem resilience in a changing climate was organized in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 25 June 2015.

Preserving the entrepreneurial spirit: Safeguarding Thailand's small and medium enterprises

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC, with its national partners, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and OSMEP, ADPC supported SMEs to engage effectively with local government in risk reduction activities.

Asian countries to tackle natural disasters in collaboration

Thimphu, Bhutan
The Asian countries gathered at the 12th meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management from 16-18 June in Thimphu, Bhutan.

ADPC signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion

Bangkok, Thailand
On 24 June the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 31 technical providers.

Tabletop simulation exercise in Chittagong Medical College Hospital

Chittagong, Bangladesh
The simulation tested the hospital’s preparedness plans for extraordinary events validating the emergency response plan for Chittagong.

The 12th RCC meeting opened by the Prime Minister of Bhutan

Thimphu, Bhutan
The meeting is a gathering of 15 countries to discuss risk-sensitive development and disaster risk reduction in Asia.

Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management in Bhutan

Thimphu, Bhutan
The 12th meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management will bring high-level government officials from across Asia to Bhutan on 16–18 June 2015.

Incentives, not coercion, will boost BCP use

Bangkok, Thailand
Disaster management officials from nine APEC economies agreed this week that financial incentives are the best way to persuade SMEs to develop Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) to protect their operations.

Planning for a resilient future in the agriculture sector in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
ADPC and partners organized a one day workshop to discuss the next steps to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into the agriculture sector of Myanmar.

Asian Disaster Management News on disaster recovery

Bangkok, Thailand
The latest issue of Asian Disaster Management News focuses on the theme ‘Disaster Recovery: The governance, economics and social impacts.’

Breakfast talk on private sector engagement in disaster risk reduction

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC's iPrepare Business initiative will be part of the joint chambers breakfast talk on Private Sector Benefits from Engaging in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.

Desert simulation on disaster response held in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The simulation exercise for the Saudi Humanitarian Emergency Aid and Response Team (Saudi HEART) tested the team in a variety of different areas of disaster response.

AIDF Asia: Aid & Response Summit 2015

Bangkok, Thailand
Join us at the AIDF Asia Aid & Response Summit 2015 that will take place 16–18 June 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

ADPC’s training course on ecosystem resilience in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Enhancing weather and climate data utilization and introducing new technological interventions is critical in order to mitigate undesirable impacts within the ecosystem.

Refresher course on DRR for youth volunteers in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar
The volunteers have been trained to disseminate knowledge on disaster preparedness in their communities.

ADPC and IPPF: Training on reproductive health in emergencies

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC in cooperation with the International Planned Parenthood Foundation organizes a regional training course on Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in Crises on 19–22 May 2015 in Bangkok.

ADPC's country office in Myanmar moved to a new address

Yangon, Myanmar
ADPC’s country office in Myanmar has moved to new a facility in Yangon.

Kazakhstan national workshop promotes future resilient development

Astana, Kazakhstan
The Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society and the Committee on Emergencies, a part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, conducted a three-day national workshop on resilient development with technical support from Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC).

ADPC to strengthen business resilience in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines
ADPC organized the second consultative meeting under the regional project to Strengthen Resilience of SMEs in Asia in Manila, Philippines on 21 April 2015.

ADPC strengthens early warning systems in Lao PDR

Vientiane, Lao PDR

ADPC and partners discuss how to better protect the local level against hydro-meteorological hazards and determine next steps.

Earthquake in Nepal: ADPC extends its support to the government

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC’s thoughts and sympathies are with the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquake struck the country on 25 April 2015.

SERB program: Hospital simulation exercise conducted in Bangladesh

Sylhet, Bangladesh
ADPC conducted a hospital simulation exercise as part of USAID’s Strengthening Earthquake Resilience in Bangladesh (SERB) program. The simulation is meant to give the hospital an opportunity to assess its coordination mechanisms to better prepare for a mass casualty event.

The view from space: a wider perspective of our changing planet

Bangkok, Thailand
Check out how the way we view our planet has changed over the years.

ADPC’s Annual Report 2014 now available

Bangkok, Thailand
Providing an overview of the ADPC’s key activities during the year, the report also looks back at some of the key achievements during the Hyogo Framework for Action.

ADPC kick-started a regional project to build SMEs resilience to disaster

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC organized the first consultative meeting under the regional project Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of SMEs in Asia in early April in Bangkok.

Child-centered disaster risk management training in Chengdu, China

Chengdu, China
The five day training course taught participants a variety of important skills through ADPC's nine-unit course.

Training course on ecosystem resilience in a changing climate

Colombo, Sri Lanka
ADPC is supporting disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation measures in the coastal and river basin areas of Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Workshop on Mainstreaming DRR into City Development brought to Mandalay

Mandalay, Myanmar
Mandalay City Mayor, U Aung Maung, presided over the opening session of the Learning Workshop on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into City Development, held on 1–3 April 2015 at Mandalay Swan Hotel, Mandalay City in Myanmar.

2nd International Training Course on Managing Risk in the Face of Climate Change

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC, in collaboration with Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University, recently conducted the training course on Managing Risk in the Face of Climate Change from March 23 - April 3, 2015.

New global framework for disaster risk reduction adopted in Sendai

Sendai, Japan
ADPC participated in the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction together with almost 6,500 delegates from the disaster risk reduction community.

ADPC at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Sendai, Japan
ADPC will be attending the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan on 14–18 on March 2015.

ADPC's Side Events at the WCDRR

Sendai, Japan
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) will be organizing two side events at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.

ADPC to host Twitter Chat discussing the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

@ADPCnet, Twitter
Join us for a conversation discussing the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction with a focus on issues in the South and Southeast Asia region on 10 March at 10.00 Bangkok time.

Hospital Risk Assessment Planning Workshop Conducted in Chittagong

Chittagong, Bangladesh
Hospital Risk Assessment Planning Workshop was conducted from 9 to 10 March, 2015 at Chittagong General Hospital.

Hospital Risk Assessment Workshop conducted at Chittagong Medical College Hospital

Chittagong, Bangladesh
Hospital Risk Assessment Workshop was conducted from 8 to 10 March 2015 at Chittagong Medical College Hospital, bringing together experts and practitioners to discuss and finalize the first hospital risk assessment for the city.

Officials from the Chinese Embassy visit ADPC

Bangkok, Thailand
Mr. Li Hong, Permanent Representative of People’s Republic of China to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and Ms. Xie Zhangwei, Official of the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok, visited Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) on 6 March 2015.

ADPC’s Regional Forum on Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilient Livelihoods in Asia

Bangkok, Thailand
Over the course of two days, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center co-organized, along with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a regional forum discussing climate resilience and disasters in Asia.

ADPC longlisted for the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction 2015

Bangkok, Thailand
The award will be presented at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March.

ADPC on UNISDR’s Ask an Expert forum on 16–22 February

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC’s Director Dr. Peeranan Towashiraporn participates in the dialogue on UNISDR’s Ask an Expert forum on 16–22 February 2015.

The annual meeting of the RCC to be held in Bhutan on 16−18 June 2015

Thimphu, Bhutan
Organized with support from the German Government through GIZ, the meeting will focus on the theme Risk-Sensitive Development in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Bringing early warning systems to communities

Bangkok, Thailand
The latest issue of ADPC's Asian Disaster Management News covers a number a perspectives and case studies on the development of early warning systems by ADPC and its partners.

ADPC’s Training Program 2015 published

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC has published a catalogue with information about its flagship training courses on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in 2015.

ADPC and Pacific Disaster Center met to discuss future collaboration

Maui, Hawaii
ADPC Executive Director Shane Wright visited Pacific Disaster Center to discuss opportunities for future collaboration between the two organizations.

Report from the national consultation to strengthen business resilience in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC organized a national high-level consultation on business resilience in Thailand on 8 - 9 October 2014.

Animations and handbook to raise awareness of DRR in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand
Video animations and handbook were designed to raise awareness of disaster risk reduction in Thailand explaining the disaster risk reduction concept in layman’s terms.

ADPC trains youth volunteers on disaster preparedness in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar
Together with the Relief and Resettlement Department of Myanmar, ADPC, UN-Habitat and World Vision train Burmese youth volunteers on disaster management and community-based disaster risk reduction.

Tsunami: Walking the last mile − short documentary by ESCAP

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC is featured on a new short documentary Tsunami: Walking the last mile published by United Nations ESCAP.

ADPC on Bloomberg TV: Lessons learned from the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Hong Kong,  
ADPC's Director Dr. Peeranan Towashiraporn was featuered on Bloomberg TV's special report on the lessons learned from the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Remembering the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

Bangkok, Thailand
The Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 was the most devastating natural disaster to hit the countries in South and Southeast Asia in the recent history.

Program on public health and emergency management launched in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
ADPC recently supported the first national introductory course for the Public Health and Emergency Management Program to build the capacities of those in Myanmar and promote disaster preparedness in the country.

Media release: High-level experts meet to discuss linkages between ecosystem management and disaster risk reduction

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
ADPC in cooperation with ACTED will organize a conference on Ecosystem Management and Disaster Risk Reduction: Best Practices Based on Practical Field Experience on 16 December 2014.

ADPC on Rappler: “Why gender matters in natural disaters?”

Bangkok, Thailand

ADPC's op-ed article discusses how the different roles that men and women play in society can make women more at risk to natural disaster impacts.

Media release: Southeast Asian countries meet to learn from recent disasters and identify priority needs

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC in cooperation with UNDP organizes a high-level regional discussion forum titled Ready for Recovery: Learning from Recent Disasters and Setting the Priority Needs for Southeast Asia on 8−9 December 2014.

ADPC contributed to APEC’s guide on business continuity planning

Bangkok, Thailand
APEC has launched a guide on business continuity planning for government officials.

Media release: 120 experts calling for gender-inclusive disaster risk management

Manila, Philippines
A regional workshop with more than 120 representatives from around the Asian region calls for gender-inclusive disaster risk management.

Myanmar Climate Data Portal launches by Hon. Deputy Minister of Transport H.E U Han Sein

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Myanmar Climate Data Portal was launched by Hon. Deputy Minister of Transport H.E U Han Sein on 25 November in Nay Pyi Taw.

Gender-inclusive initiatives are a requirement for effective disaster risk management

Manila, Philippines

ADPC's workshop with more than 120 gender experts and disaster risk reduction practitioners calls for systematic gender-inclusive initiatives as a requirement for efficient and effective disaster risk management in vulnerable communities.

Media Release: Regional round-table discussion on gender-inclusive approach to disaster management hosted in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines

ADPC together with Wilton Park hosts a workshop on gender-inclusive approaches to disaster risk management on 24−25 November in Manila.

ADPC to participate the Asia-Pacific Business Forum in Colombo

Ministry of Finance and Planning, Colombo, Sri Lanka
ADPC's iPrepareBusiness team is packing-up the luggage to participate in the 11th Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, next 26-27 November 2014.

USAID and ADPC provide search and rescue equipment to Bangladesh Fire and Emergency Services

Dhaka, Bangladesh
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) conducted a Handover Ceremony of search and rescue equipment to the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence (BFSCD).

Myanmar improves capacities of Government officials to conduct post-disaster needs assessment and recovery activities

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
intro "On 18 - 20 November, thirty government officials from 24 departments and agencies in Myanmar1successfully completed a training course on post-disaster needs assessment and recovery. "

ADPC announces the winner of the iPrepare competition in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center’s (ADPC) national iPrepare essay competition to raise university students’ awareness on preparedness to natural disasters has been concluded in Bangladesh.

ADPC and the Norwegian Government building national capacities in meteorological data visualization in Asia

Bangkok, Thailand
The recent workshop on Meteorological Data Visualization in November 2014 has provided in-country training and tools to Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam to use the meteorological visualization tool called DIANA.

REG-PRO-DIKES Regional meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam
Regional Program for Investigation and Strengthening of Vulnerable Flood Protection Dikes in South and Southeast Asian countries (REG-PRO-DIKES)

Saving lives through improved disaster leadership

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC developed the regional Disaster Resilience Leadership Training Course in partnership with Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, as part of the Strengthening Leadership in Disaster Resilience Program funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

ADPC joins USAID and NASA to strengthen science and technology in the Lower Mekong

Bangkok, Thailand
Science and technology will be a leverage for guiding development in the Lower Mekong towards disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in Central Asia

Almaty, Kazakhstan
On 28 October 2014 a 4-day regional learning workshop on Mainstreaming DRR into Development was held in Almaty. Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, UNISDR and the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society jointly organized the workshop.

Promoting resiliency in SMEs to preserve economy and community

Bangkok, Thailand
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.

Media Release: SMEs to build disaster resilience and promote safe investments in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

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.

USAID and NASA using technology for development in Lower Mekong

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.

Disaster Management Conference 2014: ‘The Future we want – A safer Sri Lanka’

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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.

On the road to resilience for businesses

Bangkok, Thailand

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.

ADPC trains the senior civil servants of Bhutan

Thimphu, Bhutan
ADPC delivers a two-day orientation training on disaster risk management to a group of senior civil servants of Bhutan, the 13th Batch of the De-Suung. The DeSuung (literally means the Guardians of Peace) is a regular training program in Bhutan envisioned by Druk Gyalpo, King of Bhutan.

Mobilizing the media to report on disaster preparedness

Dhaka, Bangladesh
ADPC’s workshop on disaster preparedness for media professionals gathered Bangladeshi journalists from around the country to a two-day workshop in Dhaka. The workshop was organized to build the journalists’ capacity to better report on disaster preparedness.

Media Release: Disaster preparedness in layman's terms – a national campaign launched in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh
A national campaign to bring awareness of natural hazards to local communities has been launched in Bangladesh, encouraging university students and journalists around the country to act as advocates for better preparedness.

ADPC mainstreaming project chosen for MunichRE RISK award

Nilwala River Basin, Sri Lanka
ADPC’s project, “Mainstreaming climate information application for enhancement of ecosystems functions for DRR in Nilwala river basin, Sri Lanka”, was chosen as one of the best projects among 77 applications from 44 countries.

iPrepare campaign encourages students explore disaster preparedness in Bangladesh

Chittagong, Bangladesh
ADPC’s iPrepare campaign was launched in Asian University for Women and Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology in Bangladesh.

Stories from PEER communities

Bangkok, Thailand
Read stories from the community first responders and hospital staff trained under the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER).

Advancing integration in a new political environment

London, England
This week, ODI’s blog series examines how politics affect advancing integration. Specifically, how a new political environment may be the best time to make strides in disaster preparation efforts.

Ecosystem Resilience Training Course

Cantho, Vietnam
ADPC conducted a four-day training course on ecosystem resilience from 25–28 August 2014. The training course was part of the AusAID funding program on “Mainstreaming Climate Information Application for Enhancement of Ecosystem Services and Functions for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Nilawala and Mekong River Basins in Sri Lanka and Vietnam.”

Traditional merit making ceremony at ADPC's office

Bangkok, Thailand
On Thursday morning, 14 August 2014, ADPC organized its annual office merit making ceremony intended to usher in another propitious year for the organization. During the ceremony, 5 monks were invited to ADPC’s main office in Bangkok.

Increasing climate data access in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

ADPC conducted a workshop in Myanmar to assess user needs for developing and online climate data portal accessable to all.

CASCADE: Tackling societal challenges in South Asia

Male, Maldives
ADPC attended a meeting on the Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development and Education (CASCADE) held in the Maldives at the end of July.

Extinguishing fire risks in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal
ADPC’s Executive Director Shane Wright discusses issues surrounding the management of the fire service with Deputy Prime Minister in Nepal.

Strengthening Sri Lanka’s resilience to climate change and disaster.

Matara, Sri Lanka
A 3-day training course was delivered in July at University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka. The course was attended by around 35 participants representing District and Provincial offices of agriculture, irrigation, environment, disaster management and more.

ADPC builds a partnership with Institute of Disaster Management and Reconstruction of China

Chengdu, China
ADPC’s delegation of Mr. Shane Wright, Executive Director and Dr. LingLing Jiang, Senior Program Manager visited the Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR) at Sichuan University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China.

Live broadcast from the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Bangkok, Thailand

Thai PBS sends a live broadcast from the Technical Session 3 on private sector engagement at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

AMCDRR: Encouraging risk-informed investments as part of the business process

Bangkok, Thailand
The sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction called for governments and stakeholders to act on strategies for enhancing local resilience, improving public investments for disasters and climate risk management, increased public and private partnerships and developing the use of science, technology and innovation for disaster risk solutions.

Asian Disaster Management News: special edition on public private partnerships

Bangkok, Thailand
The special edition of ADPC's Asian Disaster Management News captures perspectives of a number of experts on the topical issue of engaging private sector in disaster risk reduction.

Promoting investments for resilient nations and communities

Bangkok, Thailand
The Royal Thai government in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) organizes the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangkok on 22−26 June 2014.

ADPC at the 6th AMCDRR: Where to find us?

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC will be hosting and co-hosting several events at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction at Bangkok Convention Center at Centara Grand in Bangkok on 22−26 June 2014. Come and meet us at our booth number 23 at the Market Place.

SERB: Hospital assessment planning workshop generates further action plans in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh
ADPC conducted a hospital assessment planning workshop at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (NITOR) in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the end of May.

ADPC awarded the World Centers of Excellence certificate for landslide risk management

Beijing, China
The International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) has selected ADPC to be one of its 15 World Centers of Excellence during the World Landslide Forum 3 in Beijing, China in the beginning of June.

Government agencies trained on disaster risk reduction in Mongolia

Ulaanbataar, Mongolia
A three-day training began today in Ulaanbataar, the capital of Mongolia, with over 40 participants from key government bodies, including national line agencies such as the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development, and the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as representatives of district and municipal governments.

Training on hospital incident command system for hospital leadership held in Dhaka

Dhaka, Bangladesh
ADPC has completed a 5-day training on Hospital Incident Command System in Bangladesh within the program USAID’s Strengthening Earthquake Resilience. Held at HOPE Foundation in Dhaka, a total of twenty-nine health professionals – both men and women − attended the training.

ADPC signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

Bangkok, Thailand

ADPC and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (PDMA-KP) in Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that sets forth a framework for a collaborative alliance between the two parties.

iPrepare students: We want to contribute to our community’s preparedness

Hanoi, Vietnam
The iPrepare campaign to increase public awareness of disaster preparedness among university students in Vietnam successfully concluded at the end of May. The campaign encouraged students to explore disaster preparedness in their local communities.

Business continuity planning workshop – a call for more networking for disaster risk reduction

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC together with the Office for Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion and the Department of Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness of Thailand launched an orientation workshop on business continuity planning.

ADPC workshop for SMEs for free business continuity planning training

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC together with its partners is organizing the Intensive Workshop: Business Continuity Plan Development for SMEs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

ADPC’s Annual Report and case studies from 2013 published

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC has released its Annual Report from 2013 along with a booklet capturing case studies of the concrete steps taken towards the organization’s vision of safer communities through disaster risk reduction last year.

Media Release: Mental health and psychosocial support training continues with a new child-focused approach

Hanoi, Vietnam
The second training on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies will take place at Vietnam National University in Hanoi on 19–27 May 2014 with a focus on children’s trauma therapy. (Photo: Stephen Bures/Shutterstock.com)

Dr. Towashiraporn: “We should not expect the same level of fatalities as seen after Cyclone Nargis”

Yangon, Myanmar
Dr. Towashiraporn is interviewed by IRIN regarding the development of storm warning systems in Myanmar.
(Photo: Shuttershock)

Hospital evacuation simulation reveals a need to improve emergency communication

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Phra Nakhorn Si Ayutthaya hospital took part in practicing a full-scale fire evacuation to improve its disaster preparedness strategy with support from the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER).

Aslam Perwaiz in Development Asia: Resilience has to be built from the bottom up

Bangkok, Thailand
Aslam Perwaiz was interviewed by Asian Development Bank for an article in Development Asia on resilience and preparedness issues in Asia.
(Photo: Shutterstock)

Dr. Bhichit Rattakul on Radio Thailand: Early warning system for earthquakes needed

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Dr. Rattakul talks to Radio Thailand about the recent earthquake in Chiang Mai. (Photos: Sayan Chuenudomsavad)

Mahanakorn 3 training strives towards a more resilient Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand
Acting governor Dr. Pusadee Tamthai delivered the opening speech for this year’s annual Mahanakorn 3 training program. The training program aims to improve overall resiliency of the Bangkok metropolitan area, moreover the training will be focused on the disaster risk reduction approach. (Photos: Shutterstock)

The RCC calls for investments in risk-sensitive development to prevent disaster losses

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The costs associated with the efforts to mainstream disaster risk reduction into development should be recognized as savings against future losses caused by disasters, states the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management.

The 11th meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management

Nai Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The 11th meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management will be held on 1 - 3 April 2014 in Nai Pyi Taw in Myanmar. The topic of the meeting is reducing disaster risk and transforming development. (Photo: Patrik Dietrich / Shutterstock.com)

Media Release: Regional meeting seeks solutions to reduce disaster risk in Asia

Nai Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The 11th meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management will be held in Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar on 1–3 April 2014. The meeting discusses reducing disaster risk and transforming development in the Asia-Pacific region.

The 11th meeting of the RCC: Transforming development processes in Asia

Nai Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The economies, cities and societies of many countries in Asia are growing and expanding at very high rates. While such growth is helping lift millions out of poverty and allowing better access to services such as health care and education, unsafe development practices are leading to new risks. (Photo: Jorg Hackemann / Shutterstock.com)

The 11th meeting of the RCC: Mainstreaming disaster risk assessments

Nai Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Given the gravity of disaster impacts in Asia over the past decade, the need for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into national and local development policy and planning has never been higher. To do this, risk assessment is a crucial first step, writes Bandula Wickramarachch. (Photo: pornvit_v / Shutterstock.com)

Myanmar officials share hopes for 11th meeting of Regional Consultative Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The 11th meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (RCC) was opened by the Vice President, Honorable Excellency U Nyan Tun today with the main theme on 'Reducing Disaster Risk and Transforming Development'.

iPrepare: Increasing awareness of disaster preparedness in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

During the second week of March, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) will launch its new ‘iPrepare’ campaign in Hanoi, Vietnam.

iPrepare: University students to report on disaster preparedness in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam
ADPC1has launched its new iPrepare campaign to increase public awareness of disaster preparedness.

Saudi Humanitarian Emergency Aid and Response Team selected

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
An orientation forum for candidates to the Saudi Humanitarian Emergency Aid and Response Team (Saudi HEART) started on 2 March 2014 in Riyadh. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

Media Release: ADPC’s new website serves as information hub on disaster risk reduction

Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC has launched a new corporate website in order to better serve its partners, stakeholders and the media. The website has been developed with support from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Map to help community prepare for flooding in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya, Thailand
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a handover ceremony to present community flood maps and preparedness manuals to the Chief Executive of Tha Luang Subdistrict Administrative Organization of Ayutthaya province.

Media Release: Improving SMEs' resiliency by building capacity in business continuity planning

Bangkok, Thailand
In order to strengthen small and medium enterprises1 (SMEs) resilience to natural hazards, ADPC organizes Training of Trainers on business continuity planning (BCP) on 18 - 21 February 2014 in Bangkok. (Photo: 1000 Words / Shutterstock.com)

SMEs trained on Business Continuity Planning

Bangkok, Thailand
Representatives from SMEs were joined by government officials to take part in a course to build capacity for developing and promoting business continuity planning for SMEs in Thailand. (Photo: mrmichaelangelo / Shutterstock.com)

Environmental impact assessment to be conducted in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines

A workshop was held on 7 February 2014 in Manila that discussed the scope and future development of a study report on the implementation of an environmental impact assessment focusing on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation aspects.

Advancing the safety of schools in Cambodia and Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Country consultations on development of a common framework and monitoring indicators for safe schools for ASEAN were held in Bangkok, Thailand and Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 31 January and 4 February 2014 respectively. (Photo: Ajman / Shutterstock.com)

Maldives building capacity in community-based disaster risk reduction

Male’, Maldives
Over twenty staff from various government and non-government agencies from Male’ and Atolls completed the 5-day Training of Trainers progamme for community-based disaster risk reduction. The training was hosted by the Government of Maldives’ National Disaster Management Center. (Photo: Charles Taylor / Shutterstock.com)

Improving the safety of schools in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia

A country consultation on development of a common framework for safe schools for ASEAN and monitoring indicators was held on 24 January 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Shane Wright appointed Executive Director of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Bangkok, Thailand
Mr. Shane Wright, AFSM, has been appointed Executive Director of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). Previously, Mr. Wright served as Chief Officer and Executive Director for Emergency Management at Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) in Australia.

Myanmar officials trained on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The Planning Department and Relief and Resettlement Department of Myanmar with technical assistance of ADPC conducted a second national course on mainstreaming disaster and climate risk management into development in Myanmar in January.

Report form River Delta Conference published

Bangkok, Thailand
The River Delta Conference on the challenges in flood risk management in urban areas of river deltas in South and South East Asia was organized on 6 - 7 November 2013 in Bangkok.

Field research and development center established in Nilwala basin in Sri Lanka

Palatuwa, Sri Lanka
The Agricultural Field Research Extension and Demonstration Center in Palatuwa’s Nilwala basin in Southern Sri Lanka was ceremonially opened on 19 December 2013.

Integrating disaster risk reduction into regional development plans in Myanmar

Dawei and Pathein, Myanmar

Taninthayi and Ayeyarwady provinces in Myanmar have been chosen as pilot regions in integrating disaster and climate risk management as part of the regional development plans for 2014 –2015. The development plans are currently being finalized by the regional governments.

Training Vietnamese officials on safer coastal zone management

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A national training course on safer coastal zone management was organized at the training center of Sub-Institute of Hydrometeorology and Environment of South Vietnam (SIHYMETE) in Ho Chi Minh City in early December.

Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into socio-economic development plans

Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam Disaster Management Center and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) jointly organized a workshop on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into socio-economic development plans at commune-level on 13 December in Hanoi.

Lao officials learning from Indonesia’s post-disaster reconstruction efforts

Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Senior government staff from Khammouane province of Lao PDR visited Indonesia in December in order to learn about the country’s post-disaster reconstruction efforts.

Saudi Humanitarian Emergency Aid and Response Team to be established

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
A three members delegate team from ADPC visited Saudi Red Crescent Authority in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the final preparatory meeting to start the Saudi Humanitarian Emergency Aid and Response Team (SAUDI HEART).

First sub-national HOPE training on conducted in Bangladesh

Sylhet, Bangladesh
The first sub-national training of Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) was held December 8–12 in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The training is part of USAID’s Strengthening Earthquake Resilience in Bangladesh program funded by USAID Bangladesh.

Private sector to prepare for disasters by business continuity planning

Bangkok, Thailand
A national consultation on private sector’s engagement in disaster risk reduction through effective business continuity planning brought together representatives from several government and private sector agencies, UN agencies and regional organizations at the end of November.

ADPC to collaborate with Myanmar to promote cities’ resiliency

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

ADPC has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development (DHSHD) of the Ministry of Construction of Myanmar.

Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Taninthayi

Dawei, Myanmar
The Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, Government of Myanmar has selected the Taninthayi township in southwestern Myanmar as a pilot region in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into regional development planning.

Strengthening vulnerable flood protection dikes in South and Southeast Asia

Bago, Myanmar
The second regional meeting under the Regional Program for Investigation and Strengthening of Vulnerable Flood Protection Dikes in South and Southeast Asian countries was held on 11 - 13 November 2013 at the Irrigation Technology Center in Bago, Myanmar.

A call for cooperation to better manage flood risk in urban delta regions

Bangkok, Thailand
The international River Delta Conference on the challenges in flood risk management in urban areas of river deltas in South and South East Asia gathered more than 70 experts and government officials in a round-table discussion in Bangkok on 6 - 7 November 2013.

Strengthening disaster risk reduction in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
In its efforts to strengthen the national and local-level capacities for disaster risk reduction in Mongolia, ADPC signed a memorandum of understanding and a tripartite letter of agreement together with the National Emergency Management Agency and United Nations Development Programme in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.

New tools to manage public health issues in complex emergencies

Bangkok, Thailand

A two-week intensive course on critical public health issues faced by personnel working in complex emergencies will take place in Bangkok this October.

Bangladeshi officials updating their strategic plan for disaster preparedness

Thailand, and the Philippines

The Bangladeshi Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) has set as its goal to be among the leading fire-fighting and disaster management organizations in Asia by 2021.

Lao PDR mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into priority investment programming

Sayaboury, Lao PDR
Sayaboury province in the northwestern part of Lao PDR will act as a model province in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development in the country. This objective was set during a consultation workshop on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into Priority Investment Programming (PIP) on 23 - 25 October 2013 in Sayaboury.

Brian Ward Memorial Lecture 2013: ASEAN's lessons learned and progress since Nargis

Bangkok, Thailand
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will deliver a lecture on the lessons learned and the country's progress since Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in 2008.

Gap assessment on Early Warning System held in flooded Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

ADPC carried out a gap assessment of Cambodia’s Early Warning System (EWS) and a commune-level social mapping on 8 - 11 October 2013.

Responding to nutritional needs in demanding environments

Bangkok, Thailand
Professionals who can anticipate and respond to nutritional needs of communities in changing environments are essential in preventing and treating malnutrition in emergencies.

Challenges to be discussed in urban flood risk management

Bangkok, Thailand

A round-table conference on the challenges of flood risk management in urban areas of river deltas in South and South East Asia will be organized on 6 - 7 November in Bangkok, Thailand.

Stakeholder consultation on seasonal weather outlook held in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam
Early Warning and Seasonal Outlook Forum was held on 4 October 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Organized jointly by Vietnam’s National Hydro-Meteorological Service (NHMS) and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), the forum discussed the seasonal outlook for the upcoming typhoon season.

Practitioners present at conference on the demography of disasters

Canberra, Australia
The International Conference on the Demography of Disasters: Implications for Future Policy on Development and Resilience was held on 18 - 20 September 2013 in Canberra, Australia.

Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Aiming to include disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into the Socio-economic Development Plan of Vietnam at commune level, Vietnam’s Disaster Management Center (DMC) and ADPC work on developing a training course and a guideline on the subject.

Establishing local information resource centers for DRR in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

A national multi-partner workshop on the development of local information resource centers for disaster risk reduction at township level took place in Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar on 27 August 2013.

Bangladesh aims to strengthen earthquake resilience

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The project, USAID’s Strengthening Earthquake Resilience Bangladesh (SERB) was launched by His Excellency Mr. Dan Mozena, US Ambassador to Bangladesh on 26 August 2013 in Mirpur, Bangladesh.

ASEAN workshop on recovery management held in Indonesia

Padang, Indonesia
ASEAN workshop on recovery management was held on 23 - 24 August 2013 in Padang, Indonesia.

Developing Cambodia's early warning system

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
ADPC conducted a series of consultation meetings with national and provincial level representatives in Cambodia on 21 - 28 August 2013. Meetings were held with line ministries from the national level and several departments from the provincial level.

Technical working group discussed the program on mainstreaming DRR into development

Bangkok, Thailand
Members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development (MDRD) program met on 19 - 20 August 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Learning to understand the science of climate change

Bangkok, Thailand
The 5th consecutive international training course on Climate Risk Management in a Changing Environment (CRM-5) will take place on 19 - 28 August 2013 in Bangkok.

Workshop in Bangladesh paves path for earthquake resilience

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Stakeholders of the recently launched Strengthening Earthquake Resilience Bangladesh (SERB) gathered for a 1-day project design workshop last week.

Training of Trainers for Myanmar government officials

Nai Pyi Taw, Myanmar

A training of trainers (ToT) for the National Training on Mainstreaming Disaster and Climate Risk Management into Development Planning in Myanmar was held on 30 September - 3 October 2013 in Nai Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar.

Follow up training for meteorology and hydrology officials held in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) of Myanmar organized follow up training workshops on Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF), climate change scenario development, and storm surge modeling in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, in the beginning of August.

ADPC facilitated APEC's Train-the-Trainer workshop in Chinese Taipei

Taipei, Chinese Taipei

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is facilitating the APEC Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Promoting SME Business Continuity Plans for enhancing disaster resilience.

Fellowship for practitioners commemorates excellence in disaster preparedness

Bangkok, Thailand
From 2013 onwards, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) will annually award an ADPC alumnus with the Brian Ward Memorial Practitioners’ Fellowship.

Identifying effective flood risk management at International Flood Forum

Bangkok, Thailand
At the end of July, the International Flood Forum in Bangkok brought together national and international experts from different countries to share their experiences on effective flood risk management.

A program for mental health in emergencies launches in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Thirty government officials, and participants from INGOs, NGOs, Vietnam Red Cross from 9 provinces in Vietnam will join in Hanoi on 16 July 2013 to launch Vietnams first Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Emergencies Training Program.

Piloting a course on the alleviation of malnutrition in emergencies

Dhaka, Bangladesh
As public health emergencies occur, the affected populations are exposed to an increased risk of malnutrition, which often leads to growing numbers in morbidity and mortality.

Engaging SME's to reduce disaster risk through business continuity planning

Bangkok, Thailand
Approximately two hundred SME's, in addition to flood-affected communities in Ayutthaya province will engage in a project to reduce disaster risk through business continuity planning and management

Community-based disaster risk reduction training runs its 22nd course

Bangkok, Thailand
Having accurate knowledge of the opportunities and constraints for disaster preparedness often makes local communities the best equipped to act on disaster risk reduction issues.

Improving mental health services in times of emergencies

Hanoi and Bangkok, Vietnam and Thailand