AP-IS Policy Brief: Enhancing the role of ICTs for Disaster Risk Management

AP-IS Policy Brief: Enhancing the role of ICTs for Disaster Risk Management

Date: 
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Type: 
Public information and advocacy materials
Abstract

Disasters cause huge economic losses. According to the World Bank, disasters threatened the GDPs of all the Least Developed Countries and more than 60 developing countries. In a small developing country, even a single medium-size disaster can reverse economic development. In a matter of minutes or hours, rapid-onset catastrophic disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, flash floods and volcanoes can destroy the hard-earned development gains of decades or even centuries. Within the Asia-Pacific region, South-East Asia, in particular Indonesia and the Philippines were hardest hit. The underlying reasons appear to be unplanned urbanization, poor management of land use and climate change.

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