（23）Bridging the information and knowledge gaps
- Suman Karna
- Chief, Special Unit for Flood Reconstruction Project, National Reconstruction Authority, Nepal
"Roles of regional cooperation in bridging the information and knowledge gaps: Experiences of South Asia"
- Mohammad Hadi Daryaei
- Deputy for International Affairs, Management and Planning Organization, Office of the President, Islamic Rep. of Iran
"Seismic risk assessment and the roles of Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM)"
- Balachandran Sethuthinam
- Director, Regional Meteorological Centre ‒ Chennai, Indian Meteorological Department
"Bridging information gaps in extreme weather events"
- JinYoung Kim
- Senior Researcher, National Disaster Management Research Institute (NDMI), Republic of Korea
"Innovations in disseminating disaster risk information"
Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense, and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2017 shows that the greatest impacts of disasters are in countries which have the least capacity to prepare for disasters, or respond to them. In this regard, the session will address knowledge and information gaps, and aims to build the capacity of high-risk, low-capacity countries for multi-hazard risk assessment.