Distinguished guests and the organizing committee from TDMRC and MOFA of Indonesia posing with workshop participants

TDMRC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hold International Disaster Management Workshop

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Mr. Muhammad Syarif Alatas delivering his opening speech
Mr. Muhammad Syarif Alatas delivering his opening speech

We are extremely proud to be in collaboration again with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia to carry out this year’s iteration of the International Workshop on Disaster Risk Management for Europe, South America and the Caribbean Countries. The workshop takes place in Banda Aceh from June 26 to July 5, 2019, with ten participants representing key disaster management bodies in Panama, Paraguay, Macedonia, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Antigua and Barbuda, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Costa Rica.

The workshop kickstarted with an opening ceremony at Kyriad Muraya Hotel, Banda Aceh. Present at the event were the participants, TDMRC researchers, Deputy Rector I of Universitas Syiah Kuala, and the Director for Technical Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Mohammad Syarif Alatas, who officially opened the workshops.

Prof. Marwan, the Deputy Rector I of Universitas Syiah Kuala, stated in his opening remarks that this is the third iteration of the workshop. He further explained that the activity is part of TDMRC’s steps to achieve its goal to become one of the most prominent disaster research institutions in the Indian Ocean region by 2025.

Participants receiving workshop badge and module
Participants receiving workshop badge and module

Mr. Mohammad Syarif Alatas, while opening the event, disclosed that the workshop is administered under the South-South Cooperation and Triangular Program. He hoped that participants would maximize this opportunity to learn firsthand from the Indonesian and Acehnese disaster practitioners and experts, as well as to spread the knowledge in their respective countries.

During the ten day long workshop, the participants will receive trainings on topics such as disaster policy, natural hazards and their mitigation, and disaster knowledge management. These trainings are delivered by the Rector of Universitas Syiah Kuala, officials from the national disaster management and development agencies (BNPB and BAPPENAS), as well as TDMRC experts. Participants will also go on field visits to several disaster affected areas to learn how the local communities have recovered.