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NCEA Forum

Natural Catastrophe Exposures in ASEAN -
Understanding, Preparing, Protecting

Organized by

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
College of Engineering

Co-organised with:

Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

Universitas Andalas, Indonesia

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology

Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

16 & 17 July 2009
Hotel Grand Park City Hall
Singapore

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Background

Natural disasters, in particular earthquake and typhoons, are endemic in the ASEAN region and occurring with increasing frequency and severity. With rapid growth in economic and infrastructure development as well as urban population density across the region in recent years, there is a greater need for coordinated effort and collaboration amongst academics, insurance industry practitioners, governmental agencies and other relevant parties to address the potential threats, manage the risks and mitigate the economic, social and environmental impact posed by such natural disasters.

At the ASEAN Insurance Council (AIC) meeting in November 2007, a suggestion was made for a gathering of academic experts specialising in Asian natural disaster research, insurance practitioners and other relevant public and private sector organisations to facilitate dialogue, information exchange and initiate appropriate action. To spearhead this project, the ASEAN Natural Disasters Research Works Sharing (ANDREWS) Committee was formed under the auspices of the AIC, comprising representatives from various technical universities and relevant research institutes in ASEAN.

Objectives

The objective of the Forum is to provide a platform for academics and university students, insurance industry professionals, industry regulators and representatives from the relevant government agencies, as well as other interested private and public sector organisations from the ASEAN region to share and exchange information on the latest scientific research and developments relating to natural disasters (including earthquakes, floods and typhoons) in order to raise greater public awareness and understanding of the risks and potential impact and thereby provide a springboard for affirmative action towards achieving effective catastrophe risk management against such natural hazards.