In 2011, Indonesia will have a detailed map of disaster-prone areas to help provincial administrations develop better urban planning for disaster mitigation, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Director – disaster risk reduction, National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Indonesia.
Nugroho said, “The map will feature all 33 provinces in Indonesia and display the risk potential within each province. According to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Indonesia will be the first country to have such a detailed map. The map should be included as a consideration in every city’s urban planning.”
Jointly funded by the government and the United Nations, the map will be created by the National Coordinating Agency for Surveys and Mapping (Bakosurtanal).
Nugroho said that regional governments with an area marked as disaster-prone on the map would be urged against building in that area. However, if development in the area was inevitable due to overpopulation and demographic shifts, construction should meet the standards that enable the structures to withstand disasters, even though the cost would be more expensive.
One in three of Indonesia’s 73,000 villages are at high risk of being hit by disasters — mainly earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and landslides, according to BNPB.
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Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern