Indonesia is one of natural-disaster-prone countries in the world. A disaster agency data said there were more than 2,564 occasions of various natural catastrophes taking place in 2018. That is why the government puts disaster-related research as one of its core programs, primarily as a preventive measure.

Those were said by minister for research, technology and higher education Mohamad Nasir at the launching of an Indonesia-United Kingdom new partnership for disaster research, held February 7. He was accompanied by UK ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste Moazzam Malik. The program is part of the Newton Fund.

“We are a disaster-prone country, so we must be aware of the kinds of disasters, how they could happen and how to prevent them from occurring,” said Nasir.

Every year, three projects on hydrometeorology will receive 31 billion rupiah for a three-year-long tenure. One Indonesian researcher will collaborate with an English counterpart of his or her.

For this year, the program will fund these three titles below:

  1. Mitigating hydro metrological hazard impacts through transboundary river management in the Ciliwung River basin, to be carried out by Harkunti Rahayu (Bandung Institute of Technology) and Richard Haigh (University of Huddersfield).
  2. Java Flood One by Mochamad Ramdhan (Bandung Institute of Technology) and Simon Mathias (Durham University).
  3. Extreme rainfall and its effects on flood risk in Indonesia by Suroso (General Soedirman University) and Chris Kilsby (Newcastle University).

Muhammad Dimyati, ministry’s director general for the strengthening of research and development, said Indonesia was open for collaboration with other countries in research programs related to natural disaster management.