UN publishes Asia Pacific Disaster Report: regional ‘riskcape’ is expanding

Published: Thursday, 26 August 2021 09:22

The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic with natural hazards, made worse by climate change, has reshaped and expanded the disaster ‘riskscape’ in Asia and the Pacific, according to a new report published by the UN.

Entitled ‘Resilience in a Riskier World’, the Asia Pacific Disaster Report addresses the complexity of converging and cascading risks by analysing natural and biological hazards simultaneously. It presents the impacts of these risks on populations and infrastructure under current, moderate and worst-case climate change scenarios. The Report estimates that annual economic losses arising from such cascading risks could almost double under the worst-case climate change scenario.

The Report emphasises that in an increasingly risky world all these hazards need to be considered not just as individual threats, but also in relation to the larger systems that they are likely to disrupt.

The Report also makes the case for more purposeful and systemic national action plans. It also highlights areas where subregional cooperation can be strengthened and serve as building blocks of a regional strategy for disaster, climate, and health resilience.

Read the report (PDF).