Regional Forum in Bangkok
The Regional Forum for Strengthening Institutional and Policy Framework on DRR and CCA Integration in ASEAN (hereinafter, Regional Forum) was organised in Bangkok, Thailand for 1.5 days on 5-6 September 2017. The Regional Forum was organised under the Concept Note No. 20 (CN20) Project for Strengthening Institutional and Policy Framework on DRR and CCA Integration, one of the flagship priority projects under the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Work Programme Phase 2 (2013-2015), being implemented by the JICA Project Team in 2016-2017 under the supervision of the project steering committee consisting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) Working Group on Prevention and Mitigation, ASEAN Secretariat, AHA Centre and JICA.
The Regional Forum was organised to develop and verify a draft Work Plan for Strengthening Institutional and Policy Framework on DRR and CCA Integration and to discuss its immediate collaborative activities and roles of each stakeholder. The draft Work Plan was prepared by the JICA Project Team in consultation with the project steering committee members before the Regional Forum and was shared with the ACDM National Focal Point for their prior internal discussion.
There were a total of about 50 participants, including national government officials from six countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam (Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar, the Philippines and Singapore cancelled the participation) – and other organisations including the ASEAN Secretariat, AHA Centre, JICA, JICA Project Team and others. The participants from the national governments were not only from national disaster management offices but also from other agencies including the divisions in charge of climate change policies and/or hydro-meteorological data analysis under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam), the Royal Irrigation Department (Thailand) and the Economic Planning Unit (Malaysia).
There were following four sessions; of which the first three sessions were held on Day-1 and the last one on Day 2:
Session 1: Why integration of DRR and CCA is needed?
Session 2: Necessary actions for DRR and CCA integration in ASEAN
Session 3: Group work and presentation
Session 4: Finalisation of the Work Plan
Date: 5 - 6 September 2017
Venue: Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand