IDOM will support the World Bank’s Technical Assistance program to achieve long-term disaster and climate resilient road and bridge infrastructure in Indonesia

IDOM has recently been awarded to provide technical assistance to the World Bank’s Technical Assistance program, financed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, towards achieving long-term disaster-and climate-resilient road and bridge infrastructure in Indonesia. IDOM will work together with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MPWH), created by the Government of Indonesia (GoI). The MPWH created a Disaster Risk Management Unit (DRM) under the Sub Directorate of Environment and Road Safety to provide technical assistance to strengthen disaster risk mitigation in the road and bridge sectors.

The main objective of the project is to improve the recovery and resilience of the Indonesian road and bridge network through the review and enhancement of relevant guidelines and technical specifications, capacity development of selected technical staff, and production of communication materials.

Indonesia has suffered several natural disasters in the last years, specially in 2018 when three major catastrophic events occured. First, a series of major earthquakes in West Nusa Tenggara province, causing 561 fatalities, displacing over 396,000 people and damaging houses, schools, health facilities, bridges and roads, as well as economic losses. Second, an earthquake in the north of Palu City in Central Sulawesi caused ground shaking and tsunamis, leading to 4,402 fatalities, 170,000 displaced people and economic losses. Third, the eruption and subsequent partial collapse of Anak Krakatau Volcano led to a tsunami which affected coastal settlements in Banten and Lampung provinces along Sunda Strait, causing 437 fatalities and displacing almost 34,000 people. Major floods occurred during 2018 and 2019, causing fatalities and displaced thousands of people.

Given this context, Indonesia’s infrastructure, including road and bridges, are highly vulnerable to the aforementioned impacts. The GoI has made considerable progress in the improvement of its DRM system and, in order to continue with this enhancement, IDOM will provide inputs for strengthening the preparedness of the central governments against natural hazards (floods, landslides and earthquakes).

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