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The Regional workshop on Geo-referenced Disaster Risk Management Information

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The Regional workshop on Geo-referenced Disaster Risk Management Information System in South-east and East Asia, and the Pacific was organized by UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (ESCAP) in Bangkok Thailand from 20 to 22 February 2013. The workshop was attended by about 30 international and local participants (high level government decision/policy makers and international/regional/sub-regional and inter-governmental organizations) in the region, particularly from South-east and East Asia, and the Pacific.

This meeting was a follow-up activity to the Expert Group Meeting on Geo-reference Disaster Risk Management System in Asia-Pacific Region held from 15 to 17 February 2012 in Bangkok, and also was an activity of the project entitled “Improving Disaster Risk Preparedness in the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Region” which ESCAP is currently implementing. This project has the overall goal of strengthening government capacities in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) through the use of geo-referenced information tools for effective disaster risk preparedness, and timely early recovery efforts in the Asia-Pacific region with focus on countries with special needs (CSN).

The workshop discussed the importance of standardized geo-referenced information, and necessity of having a strong institutional mechanism and coordination for data/information sharing among the relevant national agencies, and networking and community of practices for an effective disaster risk management, among others. Representatives of participating countries made presentations on the status, experiences, lessons-learnt and so on about Geo-referenced Disaster Risk Management (Geo-DRM) Information System in their countries. This 3-day workshop also included the study visit (GISTDA Headquarter) targeted the high level decision/policymakers working in the area of disaster risk management and geo-referenced information from South-east and East Asia, and the Pacific.



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