Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Building Resilient Cities
An Assessment of Disaster Risk Management Policies in Southeast Asia
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
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.