On 13th of November 2018, RDI attended disaster seminar in Indonesia: from an early warning system to recovery process as a topic conducted in collaboration with Indonesia Regional Science Association (IRSA), Institute for Economic and Community Investigations, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia (LPEM FEBUI) and Australia National University (ANU) at FBEM UI, Jakarta.
Picture 1. Durring Presentation
The first lecture was presented by key speaker, Head of BMKG, Prof. Dwikorita Karnawati with the topic of preparation of national policies related to disaster potential in Indonesia and the dissemination of information about the early warning system. Her presentation discussed about BMKG's relief efforts, focusing on ineffectiveness of early warning in Indonesia, not integrating early warning technology with region telecommunication which could potentially hinder dissemination of warning information to affected communities, similar to what happened in Palu that got severely damaged caused by delayed dissemination of early warning information due to the fact that telecommunication network stopped.
Jonathan Lassa from Charles Darwin University and also as a fellow in Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) was the speaker for the last lecture. He discussed about early warning system in Indonesia and other countries. He explained that early warning system consists of four elements that are interconnected and integrated, there are (1) Risk knowledge, as systematically collect data and undertake risk assesment, (2) monitoring and warning service, as in develop hazard monitoring and early warning service, (3) dissemination and communication, as communicate risk information and early warnings, (4) response capability, as build national and community response capabilities.
after each lecture by key speakers were finished, then followed with the question and answer sessions. In the end of seminar there were also a chance for the audience to ask anymore and give opinions more. The seminar had reached the conclusion that in order to reduce disaster risk by EWS, we need to establish good disaster governance, the vertical and horizontal collaboration need to be supported together with the policy adoption and public knowledge creation
Picture 2. Right Head of BMKG (Prof. Dwikorita Karnawati) & Left RDI Researcher (Dinda Sagita)