COVID 19 LIAISE - Project 01

Embedding COVID-19 preparedness into local disaster risk reduction


Key stakeholders and users include the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) in the province of West Sumatra and Padang City, Padang city government, and West Sumatra Provincial Government. Andalas University (AU), BNPB and BPBD have a long collaboration in DRR in the form of public events, workshops, seminars, and national and international conferences, AU being the key university in the city of Padang.

Other stakeholders include: the West Sumatra provincial government and Padang City Government. In addition to BPBD, at the provincial and city level, are the health department, public works department, and social service department. City and provincial governments have long standing relationships with UA. From the practitioner side, Indonesian Disaster Experts Association (IABI) and the Tsunami Alert Community (Kogami) will be involved. Kogami has experience in community empowerment in disasters in the city of Padang and in West Sumatra province. IABI and Kogami have strong links with UA.

University of Huddersfield (HUD) team has very strong links with the UNDRR, which supports countries in developing a national DRR strategy that is aligned with the SFDRR. UNDRR brings governments, partners and communities together reduce disaster risk and losses to ensure a safer, sustainable future. Accordingly, the findings of the research will be directly shared with much wider community of practitioners, researchers and policy makers. Another stakeholder is the research community. The academic team from HUD already have a worldwide reputation in the field of disaster management, which regularly publishes papers in high-impact journals and conferences. UA is also one of the leading universities in disaster research, which regularly holds scientific meetings and conferences. The project outcome in the form of publication papers (D5) and presentations at conference (D6) will be a key medium for interaction with the research community.