Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar: Management of Ecosystems and Natural Resources will Reduce Disaster Risk

Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar reminded how the management of ecosystems and natural resources will be able to reduce the risk of disasters.

The impact of a natural disaster can befall humans and the environment. It could be that humans are the cause of environmental disasters, or vice versa the environment provides disasters to humans. Therefore, there must be an effort to reduce risk and resilience to disasters.

This was conveyed by the Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya after conducting a meeting with the ranks of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), the Meteorology and Climatology Agency (BMKG), the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), and UN representatives in the environment (United Nations Environment) in Jakarta, Friday (1/11/2019).

On disaster risk reduction, Minister Siti reminded how the management of ecosystems and natural resources will be able to reduce the risk of disasters.

On the contrary, humans must also be able to measure and monitor disasters against damage to ecosystems and natural resources.

“Not only mapping potential disasters, but experts can also contribute post-disaster to reduce various risks,” said Minister Siti.

Broadly speaking, Minister Siti stated that there are three important things that must be done in natural disaster recovery.

First, risk reduction and disaster resilience (disaster risk reduction and resilience).

Second, response or emergency response (emergency response). Third, early recovery and long-term recovery (early recovery and recovery).

After making disaster risk reduction efforts, the next phase is emergency response by providing a rapid response.

Minister Siti views environmental experts as having to be able to contribute in responding to the environment and people from a disaster.

“Not only mapping potential disasters, but experts can also contribute post-disaster to reduce various risks,” said Minister Siti.

Finally, early recovery and long-term recovery. The aim is to rebuild and restore humans and the environment to be better after a disaster.

Minister Siti pointed out, “Often we need to anticipate things worse when a disaster has stopped.”

“For example, how do we respond and restore a disaster location which turns out there are also many chemical plants.”

“If it is not responded well, it is certainly a serious threat to humans and the environment in the long run,” said Minister Siti.

He also asked all levels in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and ministries / institutions related to environmental disasters to work together in the recovery of natural disasters.

An inventory of technology and resources is required by KLHK, BMKG, BNPB, BPPT and LAPAN and then integrated together.

Meanwhile the UN Environment Asia Pacific Disaster and Conflict Coordinator, Lisa Guppy, who attended the meeting said that the United Nations would support the Indonesian Government in increasing its existing capacity.

“Indonesia is a UN Environment regional priority given the potential for very high disasters in this country.”

“The UN Environment Regional Headquarters for natural disasters in Bangkok, Thailand has various data, results of studies, technology, and strategic programs for disaster mitigation and adaptation.”

“We have experience of disasters that occurred in Fukuoka, Japan that experienced an earthquake, then followed by a tsunami, and finally the risk of leaking a nuclear reactor center.”

“Of course, we will share various data and experiences that we have with Indonesia,” said Lisa Guppy.

In response to this, Minister Siti immediately ordered his staff to prepare several things.

“I appointed the Head of the Research and Development Agency and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry as the Team Leader to conduct rapid assessments, record and inventory all the technology that Indonesia has, and record important aspects that we need to improvise.”

“I will depart this team to Bangkok to study the early warning system that has been owned by various countries in the Asia Pacific.”

“Next, we will hold an international seminar to discuss strategic environmental disaster issues with the government and experts from various countries.”

“I hope everything will be finished by the beginning of March,” said the Minister, Siti.

Source tropis.co

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