JAKARTA, 4 December 2017 – ASEAN officially launched the ASEAN Science-Based Disaster Management Platform (ASDMP) and Research Roadmap on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) today, during the APEC Climate Center (APCC) – ASEAN Disaster Management Final Regional Symposium 2017.

The ASDMP shares disaster management information and serves as a tool to bridge the gaps between scientists and policymakers. Such a sharing platform would expedite the collection of scientific technology and research information related to disaster management scattered throughout the region, and make it easier for policy research and development for disaster management and risk reduction.

The Symposium brought together thirty-five policymakers and scientists working in the ASEAN disaster management field to promote and support multi-disciplinary dialogues for disaster management practice and policy.

“Through the ASDMP project, we were able to contribute to reducing disaster risk in the ASEAN region by providing information that ASEAN disaster management personnel can apply and utilize in developing disaster risk reduction policies and initiatives,” said Dr. Hong-Sang Jung, Executive Director of the APEC Climate Center.

“Enhancing disaster management information and communication platform is a priority for ASEAN as a region which has multiple disaster risks induced by multiple hazards. The launch of ASEAN Science-Based Disaster Management Platform and its research roadmap would take ASEAN closer to becoming the center of excellence and a thought leader in disaster management,” added Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.  He reiterated that ASEAN must emphasize the new narrative that “science saves lives” when it comes to coping with extreme weather. This will enable the general public to recognise the role of science in contributing to climate prediction and increasing the accuracy of data and analysis using information technology and online application tools.

During the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in December 2014, Korea made a commitment to utilise its strength in information and communication technology to strengthen its cooperation with the ASEAN region in the field of disaster risk management, which led to the establishment of the ASDMP project, funded by the Government of Korea under the ASEAN-ROK Special Cooperation Fund.  The project is being implemented by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre).

For more information on the ASEAN Science-Based Disaster Management Platform, please visit: http://asdmp.ahacentre.org