Biosecurity Risk Assessment in Southeast Asia

E.V. Castriciones, V. Vijayan
University of the Philippines - Diliman,
Philippines

Keywords: biosecurity risk assessment, CBRN risk mitigation, gap analysis

Summary:

The mapping and biosecurity risk assessment activities for participating partner countries was carried out in two phases. The first phase was for six partner country bio experts to do the risk assessment for their own countries and the second phase was for a joint SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis and risk assessment to be performed for the South East Asian region as whole, together with international bio experts at a workshop. One of the key recommendations from the participants of this project show that tackling biosecurity needs to be addressed by stakeholder engagement at multiple levels starting from the top echelons of the government to the worker who needs to recognize and understand the threats they may face. The workshop likewise highlighted the importance of developing better risk assessment methods specific for pandemics and deliberate use of high-risk CBRN materials.