USAID and Maluku Government Are Hand in Hand to Build Climate and Disaster Resilience

Ambon, November 28, 2017. Located at the Governor Office, this morning USAID officially handed over results of participatory assessments and studies to the Maluku Governor, Mayor of Ambon, Head of Central Maluku District, and Head of Aru Archipelago District. Witnessed by government officials, representatives of Non-Government Organizations and media, as well as business actors, the outlook meeting symbolized technical strong partnership through USAID’s Adaptasi Perubahan Iklim dan Ketangguhan (APIK) program.

The Indonesian Disaster Management Agency stated that Maluku categorized in high-risk index with frequent weather related disasters such as storm, storm surge, flood, and landslide. Moreover, with unique characteristics of more than 90% of its area is ocean and an archipelago with 1,340 islands, storm surges and erosion are  threatening communities live in the coastal areas. While currently clove and nutmeg-commodities that bring Maluku known as the Spice Islands-productivity is below national level affected by the El Nino and La Nina phenomenon.

In line with the national and provincial government that aims to prioritize development on management of natural resources and disaster-prone areas, as well as policies and regulations to improve resilience on small islands, USAID through APIK program is providing technical assistance to respond to critically needed supports. From its two years implementation, APIK have conducted several studies and assessments as cornerstone for the government to continue the resilience building efforts. Those studies and assessments are: 1) vulnerability and risk assessments for Maluku Province, Ambon and Lease Islands, and Aru Islands; 2) Climate impact assessment on clove and nutmeg commodities and water availability;  and 3) village-level disaster risks assessment and resilience action plan. Moreover, not only studies and assessment, APIK also works together with the communities in piloting resilience building activities such as restoration of coastal environment, improvement of traditional knowledge of Nanaku and Sasi for crop planting and capture fishery practices.

Acting Mission Director for USAID Indonesia, Ryan Washburn said, “USAID is proud to partner with the Maluku Government from the provincial, city/district, to village level. I hope through our assistance, the Government can benefit and as a result, can accelerate measures and actions needed to improve resilience. The communities who are at the forefront and face climate and disaster risks in their everyday life cannot wait anymore and have no choice other than to be resilient.”

The studies and assessments were conducted with multi-stakeholders participative approach involving government officials, academics and experts, as well as representatives of civil society organizations.

During courtesy meeting on the previous day, Maluku Governor, Said Assagaff stated that, “We are thankful for the support from USAID in helping ensure that our region is now better prepared for the next natural disaster. We welcome stronger partnership in the future. I also encourage participation from various stakeholders to join in building resilience efforts. As we all know, building resilience is a priority, as the impact from extreme weather events cannot be postponed. It is not an easy task but does not mean it is impossible as long as we work together.”

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Contact: Willy Wicaksono – Regional Manager of USAID APIK Program in Maluku Province: Willy_Wicaksono@dai.com; 0811-1770-701

Sheila Kartika – Communication Specialist for USAID APIK Program: Sheila_Kartika@dai.com; 0856-887-1996

Editor’s Note:

  • Adaptasi Perubahan Iklim dan Ketangguhan (APIK) is a five-year project by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve the ability of Indonesians to manage climate and disaster risks. APIK works to strengthen the capacity of Government of Indonesia at national, provincial, and local levels. Using a landscape approach, APIK works directly with communities and private sector to proactively manage risks, and improve capacity of stakeholders to access, understand and communicate climate information.
  • More information on USAID APIK and all documents of studies and assessments will be available at www.apikindonesia.or.id.