Disaster law in Asia-Pacific



The Asia Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world, with natural disasters causing more deaths and damage every year.  All too frequently, we have seen vital international relief delayed due to unforeseen bottlenecks in customs procedures, transport permissions, the granting of visas, and the entry of disaster relief goods and personnel. The IFRC's International Disaster Response Law (IDRL) Programme works with government and National Society partners in the region to improve legal preparedness for disasters.

The development of national disaster response laws can provide a solid framework for swift, efficient, and regulated international relief operations. Through the conduct of research, capacity building, technical assistance projects and legislative advocacy, the IDRL Programme has seen an encouraging level of development and awareness in this field, across the region. 


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