Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia: Environmental, Social and Cultural Aspects

Douglas Paton, Saut Sagala

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Indonesia's history of disasters, and particularly the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, triggered numerous changes not only to Indonesian disaster management and its associated legislative frameworks, but also to its community-based initiatives. The citizens face many challenges from diverse, complex and evolving hazards, emanating from geological, terrestrial, hydro-meteorological hazards, and climate change. This book discusses several ways in which strategies utilizing environmental, livelihood, social, and cultural resources can be used to develop effective disaster risk reduction designed to sustain social, cultural and economic life in Indonesia. A key focus is understanding the capabilities, processes and relationships of everyday life, and developing them to ensure that disaster reduction strategies can be incorporated into mainstream community life in urban, rural, and island settings. The following topics are featured: disaster reduction and developing an Indonesian perspective; the adaptation by farmers in dealing with climate change; promoting adaptive capacity of coastal communities to climate change; community resilience to the Mount Merapi volcanic disaster; community vulnerability to health and water hazards in Semarang; the mobility and livelihood of small islands; the national climate change perspective into flood management practice; food security, carbon management and climate risk reduction; water management strategy for resilience; cultural heritage to increase community resilience; local wisdom and community resilience; cultural drivers of disaster risk reduction behavior and the case of Pulau Simeulue; rethinking resilience, culture and disasters; community disaster recovery after the 2010 Mount Merapi eruption; seizing opportunities for change towards sustainability during disaster recovery and the case of Aceh, Indonesia; and the overall disaster reduction in Indonesia and moving forward. The purpose of this text is to highlight the importance of strategies that encompass the local, regional, and national levels of analysis which seeks to ensure all stakeholders play important roles in the development and implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies. This book will serve as an outstanding resource for practitioners and academics to adopt an integrative approach to develop the functional beliefs, knowledge, relationships and actions that Indonesia and its citizens need to thrive and prosper in increasingly hazardous times.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSpringfield
PublisherCharles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd
Number of pages278
ISBN (Electronic)9780398092283
ISBN (Print)9780398092276
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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