Disaster Risk Management

The New Zealand Aid Programme helps to deliver on four flagship programmes which lie at the heart of New Zealand's commitment to ASEAN. The four flagships are:

These flagships reflect New Zealand's support for the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) and demonstrate New Zealand's firm commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Partnership between New Zealand and ASEAN.

New Zealand's estimated official Development Assistance for these flagships is forecast to reach NZ$120 million over the period July 2011 to June 2015.

Why Disaster Risk Management?

New Zealand has internationally recognised expertise, effective coordination and response systems and procedures in disaster risk management (DRM) that can contribute to ASEAN's quest to build a disaster-resilient community.

The New Zealand DRM flagship will support both national and regional needs taking into consideration priorities outlined by the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) which came into force in December 2009.

The flagship will draw upon relevant expertise within New Zealand (from both public and private agencies) and ASEAN specialising in natural hazards, strengthening cooperation and capabilities in disaster preparedness, risk mitigation and disaster prevention.

Purpose

The DRM flagship will share New Zealand's experience and support increased effectiveness of disaster management, planning, coordination and response in the ASEAN region for a more disaster resilient ASEAN community.

How will Disaster Risk Management be implemented?

The DRM flagship will be delivered both at the regional and bilateral levels.

At the regional level activities funded will be consistent with the AADMER process and the establishment of the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Centre (AHA ).

The focus of the flagships on a bilateral level will be with Indonesia, the Philippines and the Mekong countries.

 New Zealand will seek to work with relevant institutions and organisations in the region that can facilitate and provide value added to the New Zealand contribution. As well as technical assistance, opportunities will be considered for scholarships under the New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars flagship, targeted workshops and study tours and funding other donor programmes where programmes meet our agreed outcomes with ASEAN partners.  

Funding

New Zealand's estimated Official Development Assistance for the disaster risk management flagship is forecast to reach NZ$26 million over the period July 2011 to June 2015.