Australia, Indonesia Unveil Disaster Facility

The Australian and Indonesian governments will put up a joint disaster reduction facility valued at AUD67 million (USD42 million) over a five-year period. The facility, which will start operating in April 2009, aims to mitigate the impact of natural catastrophes in Indonesia and the rest of Asia by enhancing disaster preparedness capacities through training and outreach, risk and vulnerability assessment, and research and analysis of emerging regional threats. (“Australia-Indonesia Disaster Reduction Facility Announced” - AusAid, Nov. 24, 2008)

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