BANGKOK, 2 March 2017 - The ASEAN Workshop on Regional Disaster Impacts Database was held from 28 February to 2 March 2017. It served as a platform for ASEAN Member States to share best practices and lesson learned in developing national, regional and global disaster risk financing and insurance impacts databases, and to agree on the standardised structure for such a database.

Establishing a regional database for ASEAN will support and enable ASEAN Member States to understand their vulnerabilities, causes of previous disasters, current threats, and future risks. Such tool will strengthen ASEAN’s ability to manage potential impacts of disasters and develop respective mitigation policy.

Important issues and challenges were discussed in the workshop. Among others, the emphasis laid on standardisation of template for data collection, particularly damage and loss data parameters, that governments need to gather after a catastrophic event.  They also discussed on several technical arrangements related to data collection, such as which agencies involve and how to validate those data at national level.

There were also deliberation on how to increase knowledge and understanding on ex-ante risk financing mechanism; for example, risk pooling based on the results of capacity and training needs assessment survey conducted by ASEAN Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Programme. The participants also discussed strategies for possible capacity development, knowledge management, and interventions to enhance the understanding of risk financing and risk transfer in the region.