Asian cities are particularly vulnerable to risks associated with natural disasters.
While they are exposed to various types of natural hazards, flooding and other water-related
disasters pose particularly significant risks and undermine long-term economic growth,
especially in coastal cities. Managing such natural disaster risks is an essential
component of urban policies in fast-growing Southeast Asian cities, especially as
the impacts of climate change worsen.In addition to providing a framework for assessing
disaster risk management policies in cities, this report also presents the results
of assessment and locally tailored policy recommendations in five cities of different
institutional, geographic, socio-economic and environmental contexts in Southeast
Asia. They include Bandung (Indonesia), Bangkok (Thailand), Cebu (Philippines), Hai
Phong (Viet Nam) and Iskandar (Malaysia). The study highlights that Southeast Asian
cities are largely underprepared for natural disaster risks.Through an assessment
of disaster risk management (DRM) policies at national and subnational levels, the
study aims to enhance urban resilience by: i) identifying policy challenges related
to DRM ; ii) assessing the impacts of current DRM policy practices; and iii) proposing
more efficient and effective policy options to enhance urban resilience.