The Indonesian disaster management authority Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB, English: Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management) organized a seminar at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UN WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan last 14 March 2015. The side event, entitled Symposium on Strengthening Disaster Information System, gathered disaster experts from Indonesia and other international partners to present experiences, lessons, and best practices in building Early Warning Systems (EWS) and disaster information systems. Dr. Alanna Simpson, Sr. DRM Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) moderated the event.
- Dr. Agus Wibowo, Head of Data Division, Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB; English: National Agency for Disaster Management), Government of Indonesia. “Building data and disaster information system in Indonesia”
- Mrs. Astutie Widyarissantie, Deputy Director for Climate Change Media Clearing Vulnerability, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Government of Indonesia. “Climate Change Vulnerability Index Inventory System (SIDIK): an information system for climate change in Indonesia”
- Dr. Heather Bell, Director of Applied Science, Pacific Disaster Center. “InAWARE: a tool to improve early warning and disaster management decision making outcomes”
- Dr. David Robinson, Risk and Vulnerability Team Leader, Australia Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction (AIFDR). “Developing software to support disaster risk management: InaSAFE (plus a Demo of InaSAFE 3.0)”
- Dr. Iwan Gunawan, Sr. DRM Specialist, World Bank Office Jakarta.”Case Study of Indonesia: Using InaSAFE for Decision making during emergency”
- Dr. Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director of the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH), the Philippines
- Mr. Takafumi Shinya, JICA Expert on Comprehensive Disaster Management Policy
- Mr. Yantisa Akhadi, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia
“To enhance EWS and disaster information system, Indonesia has long been developing Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS), DIBI (Indonesia Disaster Data and Information), InAWARE, and InaSAFE,” according to BNPB.
InaSAFE is free software that produces realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness, and response activities. This Indonesian product was adapted by the DOST-Project NOAH for its own impact assessment tool in the Philippines, WebSAFE. WebSAFE, currently in its R&D stage, is an initiative in partnership with UNICEF, World Bank, and Open Street Maps-Philippines (go to http://beta.noah.dost.gov.ph to view WebSAFE on the Project NOAH beta site).
Dr. Mahar Lagmay represented Project NOAH and the Philippines in this UN WCDRR event, where he demonstrated the country’s current tools for EWS, disaster management, and impact assessment.