11th Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (RCC-11)
1 - 3 April 2014 Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
In collaboration with the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) Government of Myanmar
Supported by GIZ
As Asia continues its steady rate of development, new risks are emerging. Many of these stem from the pace and structure of development itself. Increasingly, for example, development is taking place in highly exposed areas such as flood plains and along coastlines. Similarly, growth of populations and settlements can outpace the capacity of governments to provides schools, health clinics, secure electricity, water and sanitation services – the absence of which greatly increases the vulnerability of residents and assets.
In this way, without adequate risk-sensitive planning and implementation, development can exacerbate existing risks and even create new risks. There is a need therefore, across Asia, to ensure that development considers disaster risk and climate change and integrates these considerations into development planning and implementation processes at all levels. This activity, commonly known as mainstreaming, should be systematic, participatory and science-based. Mainstreaming involves the embedding of the stages of the risk management process into the corresponding stages of relevant planning, programming, budgeting and project management processes. This might be land use planning, national socio-economic planning, community planning, slum upgrading, or project screening, for example.
Asia is also a region of coastal cities, many of which are megacities. Conservative projected sea level rises would see vast urban areas submerged, and huge numbers of people displaced and assets threatened. Crops, forests and mineral resources, all vital to many national economies in Asia could be put at risk. However, 60 per cent of the built environment of 2030 has yet to be developed and as such, RCC member countries have a unique opportunity to ensure long-term prosperity by pursuing development which minimizes disaster risk wherever possible. For this, RCC member countries should continue to mainstream DRR into their development frameworks. Within this context, the 11th RCC meeting will seek to transform development through DRR, and thereby contribute to the setting of a safer and a resilient development agenda for Asia.
RCC is also a unique platform where ADPC, together with other agencies including ESCAP and UNISDR, assist member countries to prepare for HFA2, the post-2015 development agenda and global climate change adaptations arrangements.