Policy Brief II: Strengthening of Tsunami Research Capacity in Indonesia and Its Integration into Disaster Mitigation Policies and Community Preparedness

14 years after the devastating tsunami in Aceh in 2004, a number of developments in tsunami science and technology have been achieved. Among the important achievements are the establishment of Indonesia Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS), the founding of disaster research centers at several universities, and the founding of the Association of Indonesian Disaster Experts (IABI). However, many important aspects of tsunami mitigation research in Indonesia are still left to be improved.

Some of the more important items that are left a challenge for Indonesian tsunami research stakeholders are:

  1. Research outputs do not yet satisfy the needs of risk reduction efforts in the country partially due to lack of resource and funding;
  2. Global visibility of Indonesian researchers are still low;
  3. Absorption of research findings into government policies is minimal;
  4. Researcher’s capability to translate their findings in practical measures is still weak.

This policy brief was put together to provide an analysis on the disparity between tsunami research and the needs of risk reduction works in Indonesia, to offer potential corrective measures, to promote two way communications between researchers and policy makers, and to motivate researchers to get involved more closely in the community’s effort to build disaster preparedness. Full document (in Bahasa Indonesia) can be downloaded on the link below:

Policy Brief 2