APEC Guidelines on Appropriate Donations – Best Practices Approaches and Strategies
In 2015, the United States developed a Communications Toolkit designed to improve public outreach to increase awareness for appropriate donations to give when an economy is struck by a disaster. The templates and tools included in the Toolkit were discussed at a workshop conducted in Lima, in August 2016. These tools and templates can be customized for use by APEC economies and can be accessed via the following links:
APEC Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (SDMOF)
The 10th Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (SDMOF) was held in Iquitos, Peru, on 8-9 October 2016, and chaired by the Honorable Alberto Manuel Lozada Frias, head of National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI). With the theme “Emergency Preparedness for Supply Chain and Emergency Food Security,” officials from APEC economies and representatives of international agencies recognized that disasters threaten food security of the most vulnerable populations. They also agree that disasters hinder trade and create challenges of varying scopes, such as loss in livelihood, food scarcities and disease. In that regard, officials recognized the importance of exploring the food needs of those that are most vulnerable in emergencies. They invited all member economies to share their experiences on social protection systems; supply chain management, with a focus on addressing food security needs; disaster insurance mechanisms for improved food security in disasters; and private public partnerships for addressing emergency food needs. Click here for the outcome of the 10th SDMOF.
EPWG APEC Workshop: Tsunami Disaster Risk Reduction in APEC Economies
Tsunamis directly affect both maritime cities and rural areas near the coast that are dependent on diverse economic activities, in particular, fishing, aquaculture, fish-processing, coastal-area agriculture and marine tourism. And while many APEC economies have suffered directly from the damage wrought by tsunami disasters, others are indirectly affected, through the increasingly integrated production and supply chains to which these economies are linked.
Comprehensive anti-tsunami policies are crucial for member economies that might face mega-tsunamis. The workshop was held in Lima, Peru, on 16 August 2016. Participants identified the status of anti-tsunami policies and measures in member economies, and discussed major challenges to be addressed by the EPWG, and the means to strengthen partnerships with the private sector in promoting anti-tsunami efforts.
APEC Workshop on Strengthening Public Alert and Early Warning Capacity
This project, approved by APEC member economies in 2015, offered members the opportunity to share best practices, build valuable expert networks, and discuss common principles to support the improvement of early warning capacity in the region.
Many APEC members have established public alert and warning systems as part of their first-tier emergency preparedness efforts. However, disaster risk reduction in the region could be further improved through peer-to-peer learning and by harnessing existing expertise in this area.
To this end, the United States has produced a study, called “Strengthening Public Alert and Warning Capacity in APEC Economies,” which examines the outcome of an APEC-wide survey and desk review of member economies’ current public alert and warning capabilities and challenges. The results of this study were shared and discussed at the APEC Workshop on Strengthening Public Alert and Early Warning Capacity, held in Iquitos, Peru, on 6-7 October 2016.
The 3rdWorkshop on Application of Big Data and Open Data to Emergency Preparedness
This workshop, which took place in Chinese Taipei on 29-30 October 2015, brought together delegates from different fora and member economies to promote open data as a means to creating a safer trade environment and resilient global supply chains. Utilizing big and open data can be used to boost cooperation on critical infrastructure protection, enhance business continuity plans, and upgrade safety methods for tourism businesses by revealing transparent risk.
The main objectives were to investigate the status of applications and demands of data through a region-wide survey; to develop a roadmap of capacity building, assisting member economies in establishing big data; to promote open data as a means for creating a safer trade environment; and to formulate a mechanism for sharing open data to strengthen emergency preparedness.
Workshop on Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)
Held in Ha Long, Viet Nam, on 18-19 September 2015, this workshop aimed to further strengthen APEC’s efforts to build community resilience and preparedness for emergencies and natural disasters. The participants of the workshop identified the gaps and capacity building needs related to community based disaster risk management (CBDRM), exchanged points and policy recommendations, and enhanced APEC’s cooperation with international organizations for community resilience to disasters.
The workshop was focused on sharing best practices, recommendations and lessons learnt, as well as the application of new solutions and tools to support local authorities in implementing CBDRM at the community level among APEC members. Participants made recommendations for APEC to enhance member economies’ capability to manage disasters.