23 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a report titled “At the Crossroads Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Asia and the Pacific.”
The report aims to provide a snapshot of how DRR and CCA are integrated in the Asia Pacific region. Highlighting potential areas for cooperation among regional and sub-regional organizations, the report aims to support national and regional stakeholders in DRR and CCA, such as governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental organizations, research and technical organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), and the ISDR Asia Partnership on Disaster Reduction.
The report reviews past and ongoing regional initiatives and looks into the role of organizations in the implementation process. The report considers the political commitment and awareness of regional inter‐governmental organizations. In the Pacific region, it highlights the roles of Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), noting an historic disconnect between the two entities. It highlights that new leadership in both organizations is providing a more favorable environment for increased coordination and cooperation on CCA and DRR. The report also outlines the numerous regional policy and institutional mechanisms related to DRR and CCA.