Delegation to Indonesia for Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

The Indonesia Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience congregated leaders from academics, government, commerce, and non-profit organizations. Events included a pre-Symposium workshop, cultural and disaster field site tours, and engagement opportunities with the following goals:

Highlight existing academic and community efforts to advance approaches to improving community resilience by combining science and local knowledge;

  • Explore potential collaborations across national and regional borders using a “whole of society” approach to identify, promote, and sustain local solutions
  • Identify best practices and opportunities to translate knowledge into action across Indonesia and other similarly vulnerable locales

The symposium provided an opportunity for discussion at various levels on the issue of disaster risk reduction and resilience (DRR) in the Asia-Pacific region and especially in Indonesia. Network partners aimed to formulate concrete proposals for research and interventions, as well as to establish and/or strengthen partnerships with Indonesian institutions. Discussions focused on a better understanding of the challenges of DRR in Indonesia, on setting achievable goals towards improving community resilience, and on identifying ways to link DRR, climate change adaptation (CCA) and sustainable development. Sharing know-how, best practices and lessons learned was a central focus of the Symposium and the related workshops.

The Indonesia Symposium is co-organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in the USA, University of Hawai‘i (UH), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), and Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII). Indonesia Education Partnerships provides logistical support.  The financial contributors of APDR3 include University of Hawai‘i, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Chevron Asia Pacific Corporation. Special thanks to the Indonesian Embassy’s Cultural Attaché Haryo Winarso.

For more information, please go to this link. Read President M.R.C. Greenwood’s blog documenting the trip.