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Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 5

Another Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency (APDR3) conference day in Indonesia. See photos from day 1, day 2, day 3 and day 4 of our trip. More coming soon!

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A roundtable discussion focuses on building resilience through education. Participants discussed ways to develop place-based education and coordination systems to reach diverse communities.

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UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan addresses participants at the APDR3 Symposium.

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UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan facilitates a panel discussion by donor representatives at the APDR3 Symposium.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng discusses the development of educational programs that build resilience concepts.

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Cheryl Anderson of UH Manoa’s Social Science Research Institute speaks at the APDR3 Symposium.

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UH Manoa Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Roger Babcock, addresses the APDR3 Symposium.

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APDR3 Symposium planners and roundtable group facilitators.

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APDR3 Symposium leaders at the closing ceremony. Pictured from left to right: APDR3 Executive Director Jainey Bavishi, UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan, Islamic University of Indonesia Dean Mochamad Tegu and Gadjah University Vice Rector Dwikorita Karnawati.

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APDR3 Symposium participants at the closing ceremony. The two-day conference focused on best practices in achieving resilience. The symposium forged new partnerships aimed at addressing complex contemporary issues throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Breakout roundtable discussions.

Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 4

Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency (APDR3) conference day in Indonesia. See photos from day 1, day 2 and day 3 of our trip. More coming soon!

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Participants register for the APDR3 conference. 140 people participated in Day 1 of the APDR3 Symposium. Represented groups include academic institutions, NGOs, private sector, government and others from the Asia Pacific region. A strong representation of local Indonesians contributed to a rich discussion on resilience, particularly early warning systems and urban resilience.

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Here I am addressing participants of the APDR3 Symposium. I spoke about the impressive initiatives underway locally and encouraged participants to think about ways to further the new field of resilience.

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At the opening ceremony of the APDR3 Symposium. Joining myself, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Denise Konan are (left to right): Gadjah Mada University Vice Rector Dwikorita Karnawati, APDR3 Vice Chairman Alfonzo Martinez-Fonts, Islamic University of Indonesia Rector Edy Suandi Hamid and Executive Director of Damandiri Foundation Haryono Suyono.

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APDR3 Symposium participants receive an update on efforts to build urban resilience throughout Indonesia.

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Discussing national level initiatives with the head of Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Ma’arif. Also joining the discussion (left to right) UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan, UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetor-Ng and volcanologist Dr. Surono (far right).

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Myself, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Indonesia’s head volcanologist Dr. Surono talk to the media about the burgeoning field of resilience and efforts to introduce a network approach to maximize the efforts.

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Speaking to Indonesia media about recent partnerships between the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Indonesian universities, as well as plans to increase future educational relationships.

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The head of Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Ma’arif addresses participants of the APDR3 Symposium and encourages science based approaches that connect with communities.

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APDR3 participants discuss urban resilience and opportunities for private sector involvement in community resilience initiatives.

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Volcanologist Dr. Surono discusses Indonesia’s early warning systems associated with past activity from Mount Merapi. He highlighted the challenges of implementation, evacuation and recovery efforts.

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UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan addresses participants of the APDR3 Symposium. She highlighted the exciting initiatives that are underway with APDR3, as well as key educational partnerships going forward.

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Panelists volcanologist Dr. Surano (left) and UH Alumni and business leader Rezal Kusumaatmadja field questions by symposium participants in a session moderated by UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan. The discussion highlighted integrated methods that cross various sectors and involve important stakeholders in natural resource management, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.

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Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 3

The Indonesian outreach visit continues; photos from our third day there.

See more pictures here: day 1 and day 2.

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The APDR3 delegation visit the Sultan of Yogyakarta’s Keraton Palace. The palace became a refuge after the 2010 Mount Merapi eruption. We learned about community resilience and cultural preservation measures.

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The APDR3 delegation studies laharic (mud and debris) flows from the Mount Merapi eruptions. Gadjah Mada University representatives describe a multidisciplinary program developed in conjunction with the University of Hawai’i’s Pacific Disaster Center, to support early warning systems that combine the latest technologies with community practices. Such partnerships and concepts have been the central focus of discussion of this week’s APDR3 Symposium in Indonesia.

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President Greenwood rides a traditional becak, or rickshaw, during her visit to Indonesia, where she and the APDR3 delegation are learning about urban resilience practices.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng and the APDR3 delegation visit major infrastructure interventions by Indonesia’s Central Government. The project reduces the risk of landslides from laharic (mud and debris) flows from Mount Merapi. The local government has also worked with the community to develop early warning and monitoring systems.

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The APDR3 delegation poses at a lahar flow site. This visit highlighted partnerships between the government and the communities.

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Communities welcome the APDR3 delegation to the upper slopes of Mount Merapi. The community has developed sophisticated early warning systems and evacuation plans that coordinate with scientists from Gadjah Mada University. We sampled snakefruit, guava, oranges and other local treats from a recent harvest.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng speaks to a small village on the slopes of Mount Merapi, where she commends the community on the impressive efforts it has made to create disaster risk reduction plans.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng talks to the local media at a small village on the slopes of Mount Merapi. She discusses the sophistication of community resilience efforts that have stretched across various disciplines to reduce disaster risk.

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Standing in the ruins of an old palace that was devastated by the 1867 earthquake. Indonesia experiences about a third of all high casualty earthquakes in the world. The site visit was the centerpiece for a discussion on coping mechanisms, natural hazards and building resilience.

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A local government official and the APDR3 delegation discuss expanding efforts to build resilience at the ruins of past natural disasters.

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UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and the APDR3 delegation enjoy a Ramayana performance in the courtyard of a 9th century temple.

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Me and the APDR3 delegation conclude their urban resilience tour outside the old entrance to the Taman Sari Palace, one of the key symbols of the Yogyakarta Sultanate.

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Associate Professor of Engineering at UH Manoa, Roger Babcock, tries his hand at batik, a traditional wax print method that has gained widespread popularity in Hawai’i and the world.

Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 1

I’m currently traveling in Indonesia with a UH delegation that includes College of Arts and Sciences Dean Denise Konan and Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng. Here are some details and pictures of this very productive trip, which has exceeded our expectations in many ways.

More updates coming soon!

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Speaking to more than 500 students at the Islamic University of Indonesia about new initiatives in the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency(APDR3) network and its role in building resilience. I highlighted the growing partnership between the University of Hawai’i and the Islamic University of Indonesia.

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With UH Manoa assistant professor Maya Soetoro-Ng and UH Manoa Dean of the College of Social Sciences Denise Konan, discussing the expanding partnership in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience with Rector Edy Suandi Hamid and Mochamad Teguh, Dean of Civil Engineering and Planning at Islamic University of Indonesia.

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The UH delegation and APDR3 Network team at the Islamic University of Indonesia where Maya Soetoro-Ng addressed more than 500 post-graduate students. As part of the theme Education for Peace, Soetoro-Ng discussed tolerance and place-based education, values that she says she learned during her youth in Yogyakarta.

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Dean Denise Konan speaks to UH Manoa and Islamic University of Indonesia faculty. Participants explored further opportunities to expand educational relationships.

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UH Manoa Professor of Economics Nori Tarui leads a discussion on expanding international educational partnerships with faculty from the Islamic University of Indonesia.

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Our delegation at the Pustakasala Museum within the Islamic University of Indonesia library. The museum holds an ancient Buddhist temple that is more than a thousand years old and discovered beneath 10 feet of earth during the construction of UII’s library in 2009. The temple is adorned with intricate designs that were buried during a volcanic eruption long ago. UII decided to restore the archaeological find and incorporated the feature as a museum within the library.

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Denise Konan and members of the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency network (APDR3) discuss initiatives with local microfinance institutions to support local farmers. The 2010 Mount Merapi volcanic eruption created the impetus for designing innovative financial systems to develop resilience mechanisms in the event of disasters such as volcanic eruptions.

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Denise Konan talks to a snake fruit farmer from the slopes of Mount Merapi. The APDR3 network team examined the impact of the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption.

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With Maya Soetoro-Ng, Denise Konan, other UH officials and the APDR3 network delegation at Gadjah Mada University where we enjoyed student performances of Acehnese Saman dance and a scene from the Ramayana. The University of Hawaiʻi and Gadjah Mada University are looking to develop exchange programs and seek opportunities for supporting Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience initiatives under the APDR3 network.

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With APDR3 delegates and officials from the Islamic University of Indonesia listening to a presentation about successful resettlement programs dedicated to relocating villagers from communities that were badly impacted by the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption.

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Traveling with Maya Soetoro-Ng to Pagar Jurang village to hear stories about communities that were rebuilt after the volcanic eruptions. These site visits provide context for this week’s Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (APDR3) Symposium in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Visiting resettled villagers affected by the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption.