The regional perspective

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Law Programme seeks to reduce human vulnerability by promoting effective legal frameworks for disaster risk reduction and legal preparedness for disasters. It works in three main areas: collaboration with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other partners to offer technical assistance to governments on disaster law issues; building the capacity of National Societies and other stakeholders in disaster law and; dissemination, advocacy and research.

In Southeast Asia, disaster law is part of an integrated approach to strengthening community resilience. Our work is undertaken in close collaboration with initiatives relating to disaster risk reduction, disaster management, humanitarian diplomacy, advocacy, gender and diversity, and communications. Our approach seeks to build capacity and sustainability within National Societies, while contributing to national and regional law and policy processes.

    e-mail Asia-Pacific Disaster Law Coordinator, Gabrielle Emery, at

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