Indonesia eyes nationwide application of Disaster Recovery Index in 2015

Oct 30, 2014

Jakarta, October 30 – Indonesia, one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, aims to have a standardized national tool that can measure recovery progress in communities affected by natural disasters, by next year. The Disaster Recovery Index was piloted in communities affected by the 2010 Mount Merapi eruption and the lahar floods in 2011.

The index – the first of its kind in the world - was a collaboration between the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), the Local Government Disaster Management Agencies of Yogyakarta Special Region and Central Jawa Province, the Central Java and Yogyakarta disaster risk reduction forums and Survey Meter Institute, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Head of BNPB, Syamsul Maarif said a national Disaster Recovery Index can speed up recovery efforts in other disaster-hit areas of Indonesia.

“This is a new initiative on post-disaster management, we hope this initiative can bring meaningful contribution to post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in this country,” said Maarif.

Dozens of policy makers and experts in disaster risk reduction gathered on Thursday to discuss the dissemination and the initial steps towards the standardization of the Disaster Recovery Index, which would involve the country’s Statistics Agency – BPS 

UNDP Indonesia country director, Beate Trankmann, said the nationwide application of the index would mark another major step for Indonesia, which had made significant advances in developing disaster management institutions, tools, methodologies and mitigation approaches over recent years.

“Information gathered in the index can help government and other stakeholders to better understand the challenges that communities face when trying to put their lives back together in the aftermath of a disaster. A nationwide development and standardization of this index would constitute a smart investment that can protect millions of Indonesians from future catastrophes,” said Trankmann.

The Disaster Recovery Index utilizes 22 variables to determine how communities are recovering from the Merapi volcanic eruption in terms of restoring infrastructure, housing, livelihoods, and social structures, among other things.

An initial agreement has been made to start formulating policies, guidelines, instruments and formulas for the DRI implementation in other parts of Indonesia.

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Tomi Soetjipto 

UNDP Indonesia Communication Analyst, 
HP: 0811-888814

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