TDMRC, in collaboration with the Development Planning Agency (BAPPEDA) of Banda Aceh, held a meeting on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at BAPPEDA’s office. 30 government officials, academicians, and coastal activists participated in the discussion. The city’s Deputy Assistant II was also present to open and lead the event.
The aim of this meeting was to give a preliminary review for the draft of the document on strategy to mitigate tsunami and coastal flood that are intensified by climate change induced sea level rise (SLR). This document is to be issued as a mayoral decree to be implemented collectively and individually by all related stake holders.
The discussion began with a general presentation on PEER Cycle 5 research by Dr. Syamsidik, then followed by presentations on the urgent findings from the research. This session was delivered by TDMRC PEER Research team. This consists of Dr. Benazir, speaking about the amplifying impacts of sea level rise on tsunami risk, Musa Al-A’la, presenting about the heightened risk of coastal flooding, and Rina Suryani Oktari, who showcased how ill-prepared Banda Aceh’s coastal communities are towards these threats. Tursina, also a team member, moderated the presentations.
All participants gave highly enthusiastic and constructive responses to the presentations. The city’s Deputy Assistant II, Mr. Iskandar, S.Sos, described that disaster mitigation must be carried out by the government through development schemes that push people’s preparedness. He further stated that forums like this is crucial and needs to be conducted continually.
Mr. Rahmat Syah, an official from the the city’s Agency of Civil Works and Spatial Planning, then added that this research would serve as new basis for their policy to control and limit the rampant housing developments in coastal areas. Houses in these areas are sought after for their cheap price and closeness to city center. The buyers are mostly underinformed on both the short and long term risks the houses are exposed and also contribute to.
We received and took note of many other valuable inputs from the highly specialized participants. All the inputs will be included in the revised draft of the document, which is to be presented to and discussed with the Board of Advisors comprised of related government officials and experts soon.