The Public Consultation of Disaster Risk Assessment in South Sulawesi

The preparation of disaster risk assessment in South Sulawesi has several stages, one of which is public consultation with stake holders in the local area. Public consultation of disaster risk assessment in South Sulawesi is an activity held before printing and dissemination disaster risk assessment carried out. The purpose of this activity is to identify issues, views, comments, needs and attitudes of stakeholders towards disaster risk assessment to be performed in South Sulawesi. The expected result from this activity is it can enhance the document of disaster risk assessment result from various comments and responses of stakeholders.

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This activity was attended by 57 participants such as BPBD’s District/City in South Sulawesi, BPBD’s South Sulawesi Province, related regional work units in Province, military, police, academics, South Sulawesi Red Cross, NGOs, and students. Then for the facilitators of this activity are Buttu Ma’dika (CDSP-AIFDR), Dr. Mukhsan Putra Hatta (UNHAS), Salmun Tarru Padang (UIT), Manarangga Amir (COMMIT), and Ranie Dwi Anugrah (HOT).

The activity was held for one day on June 22, 2015 at Santika Hotel, Makassar from 09.00 a.m until 03.30 p.m. In the morning session, begins with the opening by Mr. Buttu Ma’dika of CDSP-AIFDR, South Sulawesi. He explained about the expected result of this activity, the stages of preparation, process and support scheme in disaster risk assessment in South Sulawesi. Furthermore, he also explained about the challenges and lesson learned in the process of disaster risk assessment in South Sulawesi.

The main challenge faced is the limited availability of data and the difficulty of access to the data acquisition. Then the power of this activity is the assessment process is participatory by involving various stakeholders at every stage such as the formulation of parameter and scoring, exposure data collection (mapping), geo processing analysis, the formulation of the result, and public consultation. Then from these activities about 30 participants get to experience the assessment process from beginning to end and it will be used as capacity asset if needed to do a renewal of disaster risk assessment.

The next session, opening from the Chief Executive of BPBD’s South Sulawesi, Mr. Drs. H. Syamsibar, MH. He explained about the importance of data in the process of disaster risk assessment because the data is the key to the success of an assessment and the key of quality of the assessment. He also explained some recommendations to the stakeholders such as optimizing the function of PUSDALOP-PB as a data center and information by developing a disaster database system; BPBD’s district/city routinely collected data of disaster events with a mutually agreed format; BPDB’s Province/PUSDALOP-PB routinely compile and analyze the data and then the results are relayed back to BPDB’s District/City, BNPB, and related parties; as well as BPBD’s Province need to develop cooperation with institutions that have/produce the data related disaster for ease of data access.

After coffee break session, there are presentations about the result of disaster risk assessment by the drafting team. The first presentation about methodology, maps and narrative assessments presented by Mr. Mukhsan Putra Hatta (Chief of drafting team).He explained some of methodology used in the development of disaster risk assessment such as the identification of vulnerability and capacity parameter, giving the scoring, spatial analysis, and risk valuation. The second presentation presented by Mr. Salmun Tarru Padang which describes the results of this disaster risk assessment. There are 11 disasters in South Sulawesi such as flood, landslide, typhoon, drought, fires, earthquake, tsunami, disease epidemic, extreme waves and abrasion, social conflict, and technology failure.

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In the afternoon session, continued by a plenary discussion with stakeholders about the results of disaster risk assessment. The participants examine the contents of the document that has been made on whether the results in accordance with situation and condition in each region. The participants also provided information about the condition faced disaster in the region and they provided advice about the writing of documents in case of an error in writing. The results of these discussions will be used as material for disaster risk assessment document revision in South Sulawesi.

The last session was a discussion about recommendation from stakeholders for this disaster risk assessment program such as :

A. Special Assessment

  • Need to update the data to perfection document
  • There should workshop at the regional level
  • The provincial government should seek the allocation of resources
  • Writing, synchronization between chapters in assessment document
  • Sustainability disaster risk assessment program

B. General Assessment

  • Need a field that handle the data and information
  • The team involved in the development of disaster risk assessment document need established by the decree
  • Need to establish a South Sulawesi PRB forum issued by South Sulawesi government

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