Indonesia Strengthens Disaster Resilience and Preparedness
Indonesia is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, quite often exposed to a variety of hazards. More than 60% of Indonesia’s districts are at high risk of flooding. Indonesia, which is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire and has 127 active volcanoes, is also at high seismic, tsunami, and volcanic risk. Disasters have an impact on both people and the economy in Indonesia. The poor and vulnerable bear the brunt of disaster impacts because they live in hazardous areas, lack access to basic services, and have limited assets and financial resources.
There has never been a greater need for increased application of innovation and technology for disaster risk reduction (DRR) to innovate and create development and implementation of more effective evidence-based approaches. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction encourages improved access to and support for innovation and technology, as well as increased investment in DRR to establish innovations that are both cost-effective and beneficial when applied throughout the disaster management process.
We have to continue to move forward to develop technology so that we can reduce and mitigate various disaster risks ahead of us to prepare against any possibilities of natural disasters.
– The National Research and Innovation Agency’s Head
The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has developed a slew of disaster-resilience innovations and technologies that can help boost the nation’s preparedness and capacity in the face of disasters. According to the head of the National Research and Innovation Agency, the various research that the public can use as precautionary and mitigating measures against disasters include tsunami early detection technology and mapping of areas on the earth’s surface with a high likelihood of disasters occurring.
Furthermore, satellite imagery can be used to facilitate disaster response and the use of nuclear technology in laying out data on climate change and blue carbon absorption. “In addition, it is important for us to learn and apply the human aspect of the disaster so that difficult disasters can be reflected upon both physically and non-physically,” he noted.