Since the inception of the project in 2016, ESUPS has been focusing on engaging with authorities and decision-making bodies of several countries across continents.
Asia was identified as the first area of focus for the ESUPS project, due to the high number of disasters that hit the region in the previous years (the most notable examples being super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 and the Nepal earthquake in 2015). Moreover, as regularly observed in the annual IFRC publication “World Disaster Report”, the largest proportion of disasters recorded over the last decade occurred in the Asia Pacific region; the region has also the largest share of people affected.
ESUPS started as a pilot project in the Philippines. After the large international response to super typhoon Haiyan, many agencies and organisations were present with stock in country. This allowed to gather a good amount of data and start computing them into a workable model.
Nepal, that saw preparedness measures being implemented prior to the 2015 earthquake, became the following country of focus for two reasons: firstly because data were immediately and freshly available; secondly, because multiplying the number of countries being engaged in a single region offers an opportunity to start drawing a broader picture of the pre-positioning situation at a regional level.
ESUPS approach is to support national pre-positioning strategies based on a certain percentage of disasters to be responded to without international assistance. The remaining percentage indicates the responses that will need to be supported through international assistance. This is the starting points that allows ESUPS to define a regional pre-positioning strategy.
The next region of focus is Central America and the Caribbean, with Haiti and Colombia proposed as first countries of engagement.
As the project work is still in progress in the current and prospective countries of engagement, we suggest to consult the available documents on the respective country pages or ESUPS social media channels (LinkedIn and Facebook) for the latest updates.