A team of our disaster education experts led by Dr. Ir. Marwan had a precious opportunity to meet Mr. Doni Monardo, the Head of the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) in Jakarta, June 17, 2019.
On this occasion, TDMRC team discussed potential support from BNPB for the making of the Law of Disaster Education to be enacted in Aceh soon. The law is currently under the process of draft reviews involving all stake holders in Banda Aceh.
Mr. Monardo expressed utmost appreciation for this project. He stated that BNPB stands ready to assist in the devising of the Law of Disaster Education in Aceh. Mr. Monardo further instructed the team to prepare to present the draft of the law in front of five experts that BNPB would invite from West Java, East Java, Jakarta, and Yogyakarta.
The Head of BNPB offered a number of inputs for the draft of the law. In one of them he suggested that the team needs to attach a comprehensive description of the disaster characteristics of each area. This is important to help the local residents to understand the threats that they are facing and prepare themselves accordingly.
He also emphasized the need to use the global concept in disaster risk reduction, which is built on the convention that nature itself is the best protector.
Mr. Monardo then explained that a national emergency management mechanism is being devised at the moment. The new mechanism is designed to enable emergency responders and authorities at regional levels to give critical response in a fast and effective manner without much dependence on the national government.
Besides the Head of BNPB, a number of expert staffs were present at the meeting. One of the important points they put forward was the urgency for universities to conduct more research into continuously occurring disasters. This includes water and air pollution caused by persistent pollutant. This type of hazards has yet to receive sufficient attention as a potential threat to the life of the upcoming generations.