Outcomes of Asia Conference on Water-Related Disasters

GWP co-organised a session on the topic of water and disaster risk reduction in Asia during the recent Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in Mongolia. The session's outcome document highlights a number of ways to combat water-related disasters.

Water-related disasters account for almost 90% of the 1,000 most disastrous events since 1990. Climate change exacerbates water-related hazards and risks. The session’s outcome document calls for financing and investments in water-related Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience to be doubled within the next five years. Understanding risks and timely political decisions based on sound science and data will also trigger appropriate DRR actions.

In conjunction to the parallel event, a ministerial luncheon was held with 41 participants including 12 Ministers and 28 heads of delegations. This meeting emphasised the importance of addressing water-related disasters and the central role of water resources management in achieving the internationally agreed goals and targets on DRR in the Sendai Framework.

Also mentioned is political leadership, which is needed to raise awareness, strengthen science, the gender perspective, policy and planning, build capacity, and mobilize financing. The creation of national platforms by all stakeholders will help turn political will into effective actions.

Finally, multi-stakeholder platforms are key in bringing partners together. The Flood and Drought HelpDesks, facilitated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and GWP, is one example where over 60 expert institutions are brought together and represent an important facility to help countries implement proactive flood and drought management practices.

Photos: (at top of page) GWP Senior Programme and Network Officer Frederik Pischke presenting GWP's work at the parallel event, and, above, the ministerial luncheon.

Note: The event and luncheon was a collaboration of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, with support by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and it was co-hosted by the Government of Japan and High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disaster (HELP).