How Technology Is Achieving Better Natural Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, and Resilience
Disaster response in Asia Pacific has become critically important. Climate change is set to increase the incidence and impact of natural disasters, or shift them to areas that have not experienced them in the past. In Asia Pacific, this demands forecasts and preparation to ensure communities are prepared to withstand the challenges of natural disasters and climate change.
Last year the region was plagued by typhoons, flash floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and wildfires, with thousands of people losing their lives. Since 2000, more than 40 percent of the world’s natural disasters have taken place in Asia Pacific, resulting in around 800,000 deaths, and affecting more than 3.2 billion people. The economic damage is equally alarming. In 2019, the annual economic loss for Asia and the Pacific was US$675 billion and China, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, the top four natural disaster-prone countries in Asia, are expected to lose US$380 billion each year between 2016 and 2030, because of natural disaster events….
Importance of workplace wellbeing rises amongst small business owners
MORE than two thirds (69%) of small business owners access workplace wellbeing resources to support the health and wellbeing of their employees compared to one third in 2019, according to a new ‘Workplace Wellbeing Survey’ from the Small Firms Association (SFA) published ahead of the 7th National Workplace Wellbeing Day, taking place tomorrow.
Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA Director, said: “It is wonderful to see a doubling in the number of small business owners providing health and wellbeing resources to their employees.
“Covid restrictions have impacted the mental and physical health and wellbeing of employers and employees. Small businesses owners recognising that they have an important responsibility in supporting staff through these challenging times is vital to the resilience and productivity of an organisation and will be essential when companies begin to rebuild after this crisis passes…