Disaster Reduction Goal
ADPC deploys disaster risk management (DRM) information and systems to reduce local, national and regional risk across Asia-Pacific. Its portfolio focuses on DRM capacity building, improving DRM for cities and climate change, mainstreaming DRM into national and local development, improving DRM systems and undertaking disaster risk assessments. To achieve its aims in disaster risk reduction, ADPC works closely with local, national and regional governments, governmental and non-governmental organisations, donors and development partners.
The Center aims to promote increased awareness, knowledge and adoption of disaster reduction practices as an integral part of the development process at community, national, sub-regional, regional and international levels of engagement. Since the early 1980s there has been growing recognition of the linkages between development and disaster risks: while disasters can threaten development accomplishments, the development choices made by individuals, communities and nations can equally generate new disaster risks. Therefore, it is critical to reshape development and national planning strategies by undertaking a more comprehensive assessment of development impacts and equally by considering the potential benefits for applying disaster risk reduction efforts.
ADPC’s primary focus lies in helping countries, organizations, communities and individuals strengthen their own capacities in all respects to reduce the impacts of disasters. It is widely acknowledged that building strong local ownership through informed and motivated participation in disaster risk endeavors is the most assured way to sustain disaster risk reduction and ensure human development. Another crucial element in this respect is to translate scientific knowledge into cost effective and environmentally suited practices that are well understood by the communities concerned. In other instances successful activities proceed from the continued appreciation of elements derived from indigenous knowledge. As such, ADPC has worked to enhance capacities through the regular assessment of needs in the region and to develop specific, context-driven and appropriate capacity building products and services.
The Center puts great emphasis on promoting partnerships among the organizations with which it works and by means of networks with communities and other players in the field of disaster management. It has pursued this through the continuous exchange of experiences, shared practices and efforts both to document and disseminate lessons from its many activities and partners.
The Center strives to be an initiating and responsive regional resource center but one with international status that can enable even wider professional relevance and recognition. While being supported by countries of the region, it should not be left behind in accessing international best practices and resources to play an active role in related endeavors. In this regard, ADPC has been a vocal advocate of South-South cooperation in the exchange of information, experiences and professional resources. ADPC has also always been an active contributor to advancing wider international agendas that have a bearing on disaster risk reduction such as the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, and current attention to climate change adaptation initiatives.
ADPC has not spared any efforts to maintain and improve itself as a diverse, inter-disciplinary, international team backed by efficient, supportive management systems, focused on providing the highest quality of service to the region – as Asian needs abilities themselves also change in the dynamic region.