Today’s announcement of $6.1 million over four years (2013–2014 to 2016–2017) is supporting the Strengthening Community Resilience to Natural Disasters in Southeast Asia project, managed by the Canadian Red Cross. This project is helping improve local and regional capacities to reduce the impact of natural disasters, mitigate the risks and build up the resilience of communities in Southeast Asia by establishing more effective disaster risk reduction plans, policies and programs. With Canada’s support, this project is also helping improve representation of community issues, including gender equality, vulnerable groups, and the environment. The project will have a strong, positive impact on the health and well-being of women and children, who are among the most vulnerable during natural disasters.
This regional initiative is supporting activities in the following Southeast Asian countries: Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.