[FKP] Disasters in Indonesia: from early warning system to the process of reconstruction

Special FKP seminar and its panel of speakers, Disasters in Indonesia.

Special FKP seminar and its panel of speakers, Disasters in Indonesia.

 

A large number of victims from the recent earthquakes in Lombok and Palu indicates that current efforts to reduce disaster risks in Indonesia have not achieved the level of people’s expectation. Better knowledge and policies related to natural hazards are needed; and a larger number of stronger researches related to natural hazards and disasters must be conducted in the country.  To stimulate more research related to natural hazards and disaster, ANU Indonesia Project supported the Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) to conduct a half-day Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP) on the topic of Disaster in Indonesia on 13 November 2018. The forum was opened by Dr Djoni Hartono, Vice President of IRSA. Profesor Dwikorita Karnawati, Head of Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi dan Geofisika (BMKG), delivered the opening speech.

A panel of experts, Jonathan Lassa (Charles Darwin University), M Ahlis Djirimu (Universitas Tadulako), Saiful Mahdi (Universitas Syiah Kuala), and Sumedi Andono Mulyo (BAPPENAS), presented in details the current status of early warning system in the country, the problems typically happen during the rescue and relief and how much success Indonesia has so far in conducting reconstructions after a disaster. Budy Resosudarmo from ANU Indonesia Project chaired the discussion.

The panel aimed to discuss main gaps related to disaster management in Indonesia and so trigger academics to work on those issues.  Approximately 80 people attended the Forum.  A number of them were government officers from the BMKG, Bappenas, Presidential Office and Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Nasional. There were also representatives from NGOs, donor agencies and academics.

At the end of the forum, Djoni Hartono announced that the main topic of the upcoming IRSA conference would be on Disaster and regional development. The conference will be held in Banda Aceh on 22-23 July 2019.  Dr Hartono invited participants to conduct more research activities on the issues of disasters and to present their research at the upcoming IRSA conference in Banda Aceh.

 

Read more: https://www.bmkg.go.id/berita/?p=irsa-rangkul-bmkg-untuk-perkuat-sistem-peringatan-dini-bencana-di-indonesia&lang=ID&tag=seminar&fbclid=IwAR2o1y-DJUt6iQxZf6DY1A0ISflMQJejTn1CzM1XBTbjGwRxapqSGRe0KrM for information on this activity.