Climate and disaster resilience


A changing climate and rapidly growing exposure to disaster risk presents the world with an unprecedented challenge. The Asia-Pacific region is paying a heavy price for manmade and natural disasters, which are negatively affecting the region’s human development. Any sudden shocks, including natural disasters or climate change, conflict, or financial and economic crisis, risk pulling down about 1 billion people in the region who live just above the extreme poverty line.

Our Goals

UNDP supports nations and their people in building resilience to shocks to help ensure that the development gains made are sustained. We contribute to putting risk reduction on the national agenda in countries and help to integrate community development, recovery, income generation, disaster preparedness and support to livelihoods into more coherent programmes.

The Road to Transforming Disaster Risk Reduction

A fallen palm tree on her porch, a result of cyclone Phailin in 2013, reminds sixty-year-old Sukumari Boi of how far she has come. In 1999, a super cyclone swept away her mud hut. But slowly and steadily, with the support of the government and local partners, she built back better. She proudly tells everyone, that as cyclone Phailin raged outside, her small but sturdy two-room home provided shelter to 60 villagers. Photo: UNDP India more

Explore our Microsite: Strengthening School Preparedness for Tsunamis in Asia-Pacific


Supported by the Government of Japan, UNDP is working in 18 Asia-Pacific countries to strengthen schools’ emergency preparedness. The partnership assists schools to assess their tsunami risk, design emergency procedures and evacuation plans, and carry out tsunami awareness education and safety drills in 90 schools across the Asia-Pacific region. #90Drills more >

Our Stories

UNDP, along with other UN agencies, has supported the local situation assessments leading to early evacuations, particularly in the Eastern Visayas Region. UNDP Photo.
Philippines: As Typhoon Ruby makes landfall, a year since Haiyan has made a world of difference

UNDP’s has been working for several years with all levels of government and the people of the Philippines in preparing for disasters like Typhoon Hagupit, to reduce the risks from disaster and to save lives. more 

Runoff from buildings is being stored and purified as a freshwater source. UNDP Photo
Maldives rainwater harvesting innovation could become model for other island nations

When Nasreena Ahmed was younger, the residents of Ihavandhoo Island in the Maldives could rely on groundwater for bathing, drinking, and cooking. Today that is no longer the case more 

The 2013 drought took a toll on the ecosystems of the Marshall Islands atoll, leaving a trail of damage that will last several years. UNDP Photo
Protecting drinking water from droughts and sea level rise in the Marshall Islands

In 2013, the Marshall Islands suffered an extreme drought that threatened drinking water and crops. 20 percent of the population was affected. With support from UNDP, the government has improved rainwater collection more 

With help from field staff of the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas project (RAHA), community people constructed a flood protection wall to save the livelihoods of their village.
Pakistan: Community constructs wall to protect against floods in Pishin, Balochistan province

Frigid winters and searing summers characterise the climate of Balochistan, sometimes making the area inhospitable. more 

Our Perspectives

Scaling-up Innovations

  • Disaster Preparedness in Bangladesh

    With UNDP’s support, peasants now have the resources and capacities to build back better their homes after a tropical storm and become resilient in the face of environment threats.more 

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