Data from the last six years (July 2012- June 2018) showed a total of 1,380 reported natural disasters in Southeast Asia resulting to unprecedented loss of lives and properties. In June 2018 alone, the number of affected people reached to more than a million compared to more than 300,000 in 2017 of the same month.

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Source: The AHA Centre. “Monthly Disaster Review and Outlook.” The Column, Vol. 40, July 2018.

Japan shares the same geographical vulnerabilities besetting the region. Cognizant of these, ASEAN and Japan continue to cooperate in facing such common challenges. Guided by the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) and its current Work Programme for 2016-2020, ASEAN and Japan undertake joint efforts by implementing programmes and projects in support of building resilient communities, reducing disaster losses, and responding collectively to disasters.

Areas of Support and Key Contributions

In partnership with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre), JAIF’s consistent support to ASEAN on disaster management is demonstrated through AHA Centre’s flagship programmes. Moreover, JAIF has supported the AHA Centre since its establishment in 2011 as the regional coordinating agency on disaster management and emergency response.

The following are JAIF’s areas of support based on the aspects of disaster management as outlined in the AADMER Work Programme 2016-2020 and key contributions to-date.

AADMER Work Programme
Risk Assessment and Awareness Prevention and Mitigation Preparedness and Response Recovery Knowledge and Innovation Management
Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA)
Establishment of a regional stockpile of relief items in the UNHRD warehouse in Subang, Malaysia (valued at USD 8 million, including associated costs, e.g. transportation)
Mobilisation of DELSA relief items to assist in 24 disaster emergency operations in 7 ASEAN countries as of December 2018
Trained 46 participants from 10 member states on DELSA Familiarisation and AHA Centre Crisis Communication Training (ACT)
Public awareness of AADMER, AHA Centre, and ASEAN’s disaster emergency logistic systems through various publications
79 graduates from five batches of the AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme as of December 2018
Establishment of the ASEAN Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Programme
Establishment of Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and system
Phase I: Establishment of AHA Centre’s ICT infrastructure, along with capacity-building related activities for the AHA Centre ICT personnel and also ASEAN Member States (AMS)
Phase II: Enhancement of connectivity between the AHA Centre and AMS National Disaster Management Offices, especially in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar
Phase III: Establishment of a disaster recovery backup and Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) backup office
Capacitated a total of 1,322 AMS local government officials on disaster management through the conduct of 34 trainings of trainers/trainings/workshops
Developed 10 GLIDE associated databases (national disaster dataset with GLIDE numbers in ASEAN countries for the past 20 years) and capacitated 36 AMS officials on disaster database management through trainings
Capacitated a total of 806 AMS officials on satellite imagery for disaster management through the conduct of 18 seminars/trainings/workshops

Support for DELSA Satellite Warehouse (Phase II), ACE Programme (2018-2020), and ICT infrastructure and system (Phase IV) are ongoing through their succeeding phases and batches, along with support for the ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) Transformation Project.
List of JAIF Projects on Disaster Management
As of 31 December 2018