The development of the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Web Mapping Service (ARF-DRMS) has been sponsored by the Governments of Australia and Singapore as part of their support to the Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief effort in the region.
The ASEAN Regional Forum recognised the need for geospatial data to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) efforts. The ARF noted that geospatial data in support of disaster relief operations was available through a maze of mostly open sources complicating rapid response efforts.
Australia proposed the concept to create an on-line geospatial warehouse which was co-sponsored by Singapore to consolidate data into a single user friendly map of the region. The proposal was presented to the ARF Inter-Sessional Support Group Meeting in April 2009. It was recommended for Ministerial endorsement by ARF Senior Officials in May 2009 and endorsed by the ARF Ministers on 23 July 2009.
The aim of the ARF DRMS service is to promote a collaborative environment where ASEAN Regional Forum participants can contribute data on a voluntary basis. In conjunction with crisis support agencies, it will provide a facility for disaster relief planning, training purposes and most importantly for expedited responses to regional disasters. It will allow for quick and consistent data delivery and will also provide an effective mechanism to support better policies for information sharing.
The ARF-DRMS will provide a common support base and reliable data to optimise HA/DR operations.
Official Co-Sponsors of DRMS: