Background on the PREPARE SumBar Case Study
Indonesia’s vulnerability to natural hazards is dramatic and internationally recognized. Flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, droughts, sea level rise and storm surges all wreak havoc on local populations and economies throughout the archipelago’s 6,000 inhabited islands; the effects of climate change are exacerbating many of these hazards and create the need for immediate disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs as well as long term adaptation.
This case study, Community-based Disaster Management and Local Government Capacity Building in West Sumatra, of the PREPARE SumBar project found preliminary evidence of sustainability, influence on local governance, and synergies from working simultaneously with districts, their schools and communities to enhance preparedness and resilience.
PREPARE SumBar was a 15 month program funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), through its disaster preparedness program (DIPECHO). It reached an estimated 28,850 people in eight communities, twelve schools, and two district level Disaster Management agencies (BPBDs) with the specific objective to increase resilience and reduce vulnerability through strategies and capacity building that enabled better mitigation, better response, and better preparation for natural hazards.
The purpose of this case study was to understand the preliminary impact of PREPARE SumBar and to look for evidence of sustainability embedded in project outcomes.To this end, the study generated both findings and recommendations for others engaged in DRR work. In addition to reviewing project-related documents, researchers administered a KAP survey to the case study and comparison community schools and teachers, completed site visits and observations, and held semi-structured individual and small group interviews with Air Manis Disaster Preparedness Team (DPT) members,
students and teachers, and the Padang City BPBD.