Asia and the Pacific account for about 41% of all disasters due to natural hazards and extreme events in 2005–2014. In 2015, 160 disasters were reported in the region, accounting for 47% of the world’s 344 disasters.

The frequency, magnitude, and impacts of disasters in the region are on the rise, with disaster risk concentrated in urban areas. Climate change and poorly or unplanned socio-economic development in locations exposed to a range of hazards are both increasing vulnerability.

The worst impacts of climate change are projected to occur in the Pacific and South and Southeast Asia. Some islands could become uninhabitable in the future and others may lose some parts of their territories due to sea level rise.

There are national frameworks and roadmaps for disaster risk reduction in many countries. The causes of social vulnerability and the drivers of disaster risk are often not sufficiently addressed by disaster risk reduction strategies and development planning.

Read the GEO-6 Asia Pacific report (external link to UNEP)