A 3-year project will enhance the capacity of disaster management professionals from ASEAN countries by setting certification standards. It will improve quality of training and create a pool of professionals to mobilize assistance and resources during disasters, such as climate-related events and another disease outbreak.
The ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management (ASCEND) project will strengthen capability to manage disasters and bring the regional grouping closer to its goal of become a global leader in this field by 2025. It is supported by the Republic of Korea through the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund, which is contributing more than $3.3 million to the project.
ASEAN groups 10 countries in Southeast Asia, which is considered on of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. It is strengthening cooperation among sectors involved in disaster management.
In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the group has initiated the ASEAN Emergency Operations Centre Network for public health emergencies, the ASEAN Risk Assessment and Risk Communication Centre, the ASEAN BioDiaspora Virtual Centre (ABVC), the ASEAN Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center), and the exchange of laboratory readiness and response actions, among others.