ASEAN is one of the most vulnerable regions to disasters and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) reported nearly four thousand disasters occurred in Southeast Asia in the last nine years averaging 371 per year. The disaster causes unprecedented loss of lives and properties with more than 16,500 numbers of people death, nearly 192,000,000 persons affected, and costed ASEAN approximately USD 19,000,000 in total.
Japan shares the same vulnerabilities from geophysical and hydro-meteorological disasters motivating both to cooperate in building resilience to these disasters. Guided by the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) and its current Work Programme for 2021-20251, Japan and ASEAN have undertaken joint efforts by implementing programmes and projects in support of building resilient communities, reducing disaster losses, and responding collectively to disasters. The first ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management plus Japan was held in October 2021 to reaffirm the longstanding relationship between Japan and ASEAN in achieving substantial reduction of disaster losses in lives and assets, and enhance disaster resiliency in the region through joint collaboration and cooperation in disaster management.
Areas of Support and
In partnership with the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), JAIF’s commitment to supporting the disaster management of ASEAN is reflected in flagship programmes of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre). Since its establishment in 2006, JAIF has provided support to the AHA Centre to support and enhance its main activities for emergency preparedness and response, and advancing ASEAN’s vision to be the global leader in disaster management through four flagship programmes, namely Establishment of Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and system, Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA), and Transformation of ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) and AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme.
Under the previous AADMER Work Programme 2016-2020, the followings are the key contributions of completed and implemented JAIF projects conducted by the AHA Centre and other implementing agencies.
Under the AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025, JAIF has also been supporting ASEAN in enhancing disaster resilience in the region through a number of recurring or continued programmes. The Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) Phase III Project, Strengthening ASEAN’s Collective Response Capacity through the Enhancement of the Capacity Building of the Regional ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) (2020-2022), and ACE Programme (2018-2020) are being implemented.
1 Development of AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025 was supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).