Japan helps design post-disaster development project in Indonesia

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have agreed to collaborate in formulating a master plan for Central Sulawesi’s post-disaster development.

The three-year cooperation is stated under a record of discussion signed on Dec. 26, 2018.

Under the agreement, Japan will help Indonesia compose and implement best practices for disaster risk assessment and analysis, disaster preparedness and mitigation, as well as post-disaster rehabilitation, said Bappenas' regional development deputy, Rudy Prawiradinata, on Thursday.

“Japan has helped us make a master plan and map the areas, which are marked as red, yellow and green zones. The red zone areas are prohibited places for residential areas,” Rudy said on Thursday, adding that JICA had conducted field research in Central Sulawesi.

Rudy said in formulating the master plan, JICA was also working with various agencies, including the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) and the agrarian and spatial planning agency.

A spatial planning project based on disaster risk assessment, construction of disaster-resilient infrastructure and public facilities, as well as the realization of community recovery, will also be carried out, Rudy added.

The two countries have completed the master plan and have started formulating a site plan for the reconstruction.

Chief representative of JICA’s Indonesia office, Yamanaka Shinichi, said Japan had until now deployed some 50 people to work on the project.

“Most of them are deployed in Central Sulawesi, while others are placed in Jakarta. We’ve discussed the reconstruction work with the central government, but next, we will take more action and carry out more activities in the region,” said Shinichi.

The Japanese involved in the project are experts on hazardous area mapping, spatial planning, post-disaster infrastructure development and community recovery.

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