Thought from Sendai on Disaster Risk Reduction in Bali

Article Summary Written by John Oronte and Elizabeth Rogers

Ade Andreawan, the Executive Director of Give2Asia’s long-time grantee IDEP Selaras Alam, recently penned a piece for PreventionWeb outlining the state of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on the island of Bali.

IDEP is an Indonesian NGO that has been working in the field of crisis management since 1999, with a particular focus on helping people help themselves. Some of their ongoing projects include community managed disaster resilience building, increasing self-sufficiency and implementing disaster response training across Indonesia. After the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami IDEP implemented community resilience programs such as disaster response training.

Currently, IDEP is working to analyze and identify the most at risk communities and establish DRR programs, partnering with the Klungkung District Disaster Management Board in ten villages to provide training in disaster risk management for the area’s 187,000 local residents. The Klungkung area is one of the most at-risk areas for natural hazards, and is already suffering from sea level rising and marine abrasion.

IDEP’s work is especially important on the Indonesian island of Bali, which has fallen behind relative to the rest of the country in the world of DRR. Like other islands in the tropics, Bali is highly vulnerable to environmental and climate related disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, as well as issues related to rising sea levels. Indonesia is no stranger to natural disasters, and in many areas has established early warning systems, infrastructure designed to cope with and recover from disasters, and has taken measured steps to educate the population on how to prepare for aftermath of disasters.  However, these programs are typically entrusted to local governments and communities, which lack thecapacity and resources needed to use these tools effectively. Consequently, because most of the DRR work in Bali is conducted in areas that rely on tourism for income, many local communities are left at risk.

 

To read Mr. Andreawan’s piece please visit http://www.preventionweb.net/english/professional/news/v.php?id=43486

To learn more about IDEP please visit their website, at www.idepfoundation.org

To learn more about Give2Asia’s work in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami take a look at our Aceh +10 report

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