SEI’s mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development.
Among several centres worldwide, the SEI Asia Centre also hosts the Reducing Disaster Risk Cluster to support research, capacity development and policy engagement for linkages between development and disaster, DRR and policy-making.
Disaster Reduction Goal
Our goal is to improve understanding of how disaster risks are created and how they accumulate, recognising that disaster risk, climate change and development are closely related to each other.
We are seeking to better integrate disaster risk reduction with equitable, sustainable and resilient development by transforming the relationship between development and DRR.
Policies and Programmes in DRR
The SEI Initiative on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk (TDDR) is a focal point for SEI’s DRR-related work, and is expected to have an impact on international and regional efforts by identifying the underlying causes of vulnerability and drivers of risk, and to strengthen adaptive capacity and build resilience.
Hosted by the SEI Asia Centre, TDDR is an Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) International Centre of Excellence (ICoE). This partnership will enable SEI to catalyze its expertise on DRR and generate new knowledge with key stakeholders in Asia. It will also develop partnerships and cooperation between key institutions in the region, such as the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Chulalongkorn University, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) Disability and Disasters: Empowering People and Building Resilience to Risk (2015-2017) project is researching the challenges that people with disabilities (PWDs) face in disaster response in order to identify platforms for inclusion and empowerment, and solutions for mainstreaming disability-inclusive DRR (DiDRR) into development planning.
Longer-term (5-10 years) recovery following major disasters in the Asia Pacific Region: Lessons for resilient development, is a project undertake a critical analysis of the longer-term recovery process in five selected disaster case studies, to generate insights that will improve our understanding of the types of transformations required in at-risk societies in order to become more resilient.
Membership in Key Networks
SEI Asia is a Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) International Centre of Excellence (ICoE).
SEI is also a member of key networks including:
- UNISDR Asian Science, Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG)
- Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI)
- Gender and Disaster Network (GDN)
Ecosystems for Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR)
- Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)
Dr. Frank Thomalla