MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, JAKARTA — The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia expected the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC) to design programs to enhance sustainable disaster resilience in Indonesia.
“Sustainable resilience refers to the ability to create a resilient environment that can effectively tackle disasters structurally and non-structurally. It involves having well-equipped disaster-resistant infrastructure and cultivating public awareness and resilience towards disasters,” said the Acting Deputy for Regional Development and Disaster Management Coordination at the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Sorni Paskah Daeli at Universitas Muhammadiyah Tangerang (UMT) on Friday (July 7).
MDMC roles at international levels may support the government in enhancing people’s disaster mitigation and resilience capacities through collaborative approaches involving the government, communities, private sectors, university members, and media.
Considering the high frequency of disasters in Indonesia, there is a pressing need to prioritize the development of resilience and disaster mitigation capabilities.
World Bank data ranks Indonesia 12th out of 35 countries with a high risk of disasters. Additionally, according to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), 3,544 disasters occurred in 2022, and as of mid-2023 the number has already reached 1,871.
The government has implemented several policies on disaster mitigation and resilience. For instance, the implementation of Law Number 24/2007 on Disaster Management is formulated in the National Disaster Management Master Plan (RIPB) 2020-2044.
Furthermore, in the 7th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) held in Bali, Indonesia, in 2022, the government recommended sustainable resilience as an integral approach for all nations in addressing disasters.
“Sustainable resilience should be fostered in local levels and continuously implemented through multi-stakeholder collaboration. It is crucial to build collective awareness and instill a culture of disaster preparedness, as communities bear the brunt of the impacts of disasters,” said Sorni.
Hence, MDMC is expected to generate the most pertinent recommendations and concepts, particularly those that align with the government’s commitment to developing a resilient society capable of effectively addressing and responding to disasters.