ADPC, USAID, and NASA Jointly Launch SERVIR-Southeast Asia to Address Climate Change

On January 24, 2023, the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, together with the Executive Director of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and the NASA Earth Science Division Director, launched SERVIR-Southeast Asia (SERVIR-SEA). The project is an $11.2 million ADPC-USAID-NASA initiative to help communities across Southeast Asia adapt to regional and transboundary climate issues and mitigate the impacts of climate change and disasters.

SERVIR-Southeast Asia is one of five global hubs under SERVIR, a collaboration project between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and NASA that helps regional institutions, governments and citizens use open-source satellite technologies to address climate-related challenges, implemented by ADPC.

The programme SERVIR-SEA builts on the SERVIR-Mekong project, impemented by the ADPC from 2014-2022 to ensure that the residents of the Lower Mekong Region were better prepared to respond to climate change's impacts.

As U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, Robert Godec, said during the launch event "This new program expands the geographic focus of SERVIR in Southeast Asia and deepens our engagement with regional institutions to accelerate climate resilience. {...} SERVIR-Southeast Asia will go a long way to ensure that communities and businesses throughout Thailand and across ASEAN are not only resilient to the impacts of climate change, but prosper in spite of these challenges."

More information avaliable here (ADPC article) and here (NASA article).