Session Partners: The United States of America Government, the Australian Government -The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
This session will be a dialogue to focus attention and action on strengthening disaster risk governance of critical infrastructure in coastal regions of the Asia Pacific and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Coastal Regions of many countries and SIDS are highly disaster-prone and face a wide range of challenges, including rising temperatures, unusual fluctuations in rainfall, and devastating cyclones. The frequency and severity of extreme events have been increasing due to climate change. The region has densely populated cities, many of which are coastal and vulnerable to various hazards. The accentuated disaster and climate risks pose significant threats to infrastructure in the region. Hence, countries and SIDS in the region must take a proactive stance on disaster preparedness, resilience, and climate change adaptation, especially in the context of key infrastructure sectors such as power, transport, health, and telecom.
The session will anchor the deliberations on the learning from power sector disaster preparedness and management policies to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks in critical infrastructure. This high-level dialogue will be convened as part of an Indo-Pacific-focused regional dialogue on resilient infrastructure. This session will enable stakeholders to undertake a discussion on the development of a framework for a Coastal Resilience Program focusing on Critical Infrastructure.
The deliberations would aim to draw out: