ASEAN Forum Tackles Climate-related Hazards
Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Ekkaphab Phanthavong highlighted that climate change is contributing to the rise of risks and vulnerabilities for countries and communities in ASEAN.
He said this during the 4th ASCC Research and Development Forum on ‘Building Disaster Resilience to Climate-related Hazards in Southeast Asia’ held virtually recently.
Ekkaphab urged more attention to innovative adaptive approaches and cross-sector cooperation to mitigate the risks.
He emphasised the need for better mobilisation of local actors and cutting-edge technologies and suggested that innovative financing could be a powerful tool.
The forum was held with support from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It brought together experts and officials from the ASEAN member states to discuss the trends and issues on climate-related hazards in Southeast Asia and the policy solutions that can emerge to build disaster resilience.