Helping to better prepare and respond to disasters
The Indo-Pacific region is home to 10 of the 15 countries considered most at risk of disasters and the effects of climate change. Australia is working with our partners in the region to identify risks and hazards, and lay the foundations for resilience to disasters and climate change.
Australia's approach to disaster risk reduction is guided by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which means we will support partner countries and local communities in the Indo-Pacific region to build their own resilience and capacity to respond.
Disaster risk reduction is integrated across the Australian Development Program. We also support direct disaster risk management programs in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and regionally across the Pacific, drawing on technical expertise from across the Australian Government, including Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.
Australia Pacific Climate Partnership
As part of the Pacific Step-up, DFAT established the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership ($75 million from 2017-18 to 2022-23) which supports Pacific governments to become more resilient to climate and disasters, including through access to scientific climate and disaster information. Integrating climate change across Australia's development assistance in the Pacific is a key component of this work.