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Indonesia Require Tough Infrastructure to Reduce Disaster Risk

by Sebastianus Epifany Monday, September 25, 2017 - 14:12

GYEONGJU - Minister of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) of the Republic Indonesia, Basuki Hadimuljono, had the opportunity to give a speech in the 10th High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) Meeting, in Gyeongju, South Korea. On the occasion, he emphasized the importance of a tough infrastructure for Indonesia.

Basuki Hadimuljono said that international cooperation is needed in building the country's resilience in facing water-related disasters and climate change. This is important because the damage and losses incurred are extraordinary in aspects like fatalities, material and the environment.

"Through this HELP meeting, experts from various countries which delivered lessons learned from both success and failure in disaster management. Not only that, we encourage action plans that other countries can use to build disaster resilience. Especially to ensure sustainable development and prevention of increasing poverty due to disaster," said Basuki Hadimuljono as reported from pu.go.id (25/9).

This meeting emphasized the importance of risk reduction before the disaster, not after the disaster. The PUPR Ministry itself is mandated to build infrastructure to reduce water-related disasters and climate change risks. In general, all infrastructure built by the Ministry of PUPR is strived to be a tough infrastructure.

"We do not want to see the loss of human life and the socio-economic assets of the community, including the infrastructure that we are struggling to build, destroyed because we pay less attention to the aspects of the disaster," said Minister Basuki.

In the coming years, more investment is required by government and the private sector in building infrastructure, school buildings, hospitals, roads, bridges, water and sanitation, energy, transportation and housing facilities. This is a necessity because the global population will reach 9 billion people by 2050.

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