The document titled "Engaging Private Sector in DRR'' emphasizes the critical role of the private sector in DRR and economic recovery, particularly in the context of challenges faced by the Asian community. The executive director of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) acknowledges the increasing economic value at risk from natural hazards and emphasizes the need for a radical change in the preparation and response of both public and private sectors to disasters. ADPC's key initiative, "iPrepare Business," aims to raise awareness of resilient investment, providing scientific information for business risk assessment and supporting enterprises in developing business continuity and management plans. The document calls for partnerships and support to create an enabling environment with effective legislation, incentivizing private enterprises for risk reduction measures and preparing local businesses for future disasters.
The content of the document includes articles and case studies related to private sector resilience, business continuity planning, and innovative approaches to disaster risk reduction. Authors from various countries, including Thailand, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Maldives, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United States, contribute perspectives on public policies, case studies, and regional outlooks. The publication addresses the urgent need for governments to promote business continuity planning and emphasizes the role of public-private partnerships in building resilient communities. It covers a wide range of topics, including technology, innovations, business continuity, and risk management, providing a comprehensive overview of the private sector's involvement in disaster risk reduction efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.