Nearly half of the world’s natural disasters occur in the Asia and the Pacific region causing significant economic and social loss. In 2013 alone, the top five major disasters in the region accounted for nearly US$ 100 billion in economic damage and resulted in over 19,000 deaths.
In the Asia and the Pacific region, UNEP works with its Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch in Geneva to reduce disaster risk and support recovery following disasters and conflicts. UNEP provides three core services:
- Risk reduction management training and support
- Strengthen national responses to post disaster planning
- Post-crisis Environmental Recovery as foundation for future sustainable development
UNEP support in the region depends on country needs. UNEP’s Disasters and Conflicts team and the regional office communicate with countries and partners and remain ready for entry on operations.