Compared to all other continents, there is one category in which Asia plays the sad number one: it is the most disaster-prone region in the world. Therefore, the German Red Cross works in almost all areas of Disaster Management - Disaster Response, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction,Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and Disaster Preparedness.
Asia is the most disaster-prone region in the world. Some of the extreme weatherevents like floods, landslides or tropical storms are seasonal and therefore relatively predictable. However, climate change amplifies the danger of natural disasters. It contributes to the fact that disasters increase in intensity and frequency and do not only occur during the respective season, but throughout the year thereby becoming more and more unpredictable. In the end this makes it even more difficult for the affected population to recover from the effects of those extreme weather events.
Moreover, many Asian countries are frequently affected by events that are unpredictable like earthquakes and tsunamis. These disasters have devastating effects on people and infrastructure, especially in densely populated urban areas.
The GRC long term cooperation in Asia
Therefore, the German Red Cross has to react to natural disasters with effective emergency response / relief and sustainable rehabilitation / reconstruction activities.This is followed by long term support focussing on disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation activities at community level as well as targeted capacity building activities at the level of the Partner National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
During the whole cycle, the GRC in Asia increasingly implements integrated multisectoral programmes. These include elements of water / sanitation and hygienepromotion, health care, food, livelihood, disaster risk reduction, shelter and infrastructure and climate change as crosscutting issue. They all have a common goal - to increase the resilience of the affected people.
The GRC currently supports the respective Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in
- South Asia: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal
- Southeast Asia: The Philippines, Vietnam, Laos
- East Asia: Democratic People's Republic of Korea
(Last updated 2016)