Riyanti Djalante, Local Government of Kendari City & University of Halu Oleo, Kendari, Indonesia

Presentation Title: Linking disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation at the local level: Experience in implementing a resilience city program in Kendari, Indonesia



Linking Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) is important as climate change is likely to increase the frequency and severity of hydro-meteorological hazards. The simultaneous application of DRR and CCA also results in more efficient use of financial, human and natural resources and therefore increases the effectiveness and sustainability of both approaches. The climate change research community is in danger of 'wasting time and money in reinventing the wheel' by conducting these activities separately.

This presentation gave an overview of how the integration of DRR and CCA takes place in practice. It outlined the presenter’s experience in implementing a 'Resilient Village' program and how the community perceived their vulnerability to climate-related hazards. Related activities included a five day workshop with 30 participants in two locations (Lepo-Lepo and Kampung Salo) in Kendari City, Indonesia.

Key Lessons Learned

  • There can be institutional compartmentalization between those who deal with the effects of disasters and those who manage the recovery.
  • Moving from plan to implementation can be difficult and problematic, especially when there is a lack of funding.
  • There is a lack of collaboration between the private and public sector, and no alignment of planning with normal development cycles.

Knowledge Gaps and Needs

  • How can issues of DRR and CAA be planned together, in order to deal with issues of poverty?
  • How can integration of DRR and CCA be mainstreamed with development when institutional willingness to do so is lacking?
  • How can we identify key policies and activities that can be utilized as entry points for the mainstreaming of DRR and CCA?