Tanjung Benoa, Bali named UNESCO-IOC tsunami-ready community

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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – In the series of the seventh Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) event in Bali, Tanjung Benoa has been recognized as the International Tsunami Ready Community by UNESCO IOC.

The certificate of recognition was presented by Mohamed Djelid, Director of UNESCO’s Regional Scientific Office for Asia and the Pacific, accompanied by the Head of the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), the Governor of Bali and the senior adviser from the UNDP regional office in Bangkok. , Sanny Jegillos.

“Tanjung Benoa is the first Indonesian community to be internationally recognized by UNESCO-IOC as a Tsunami Ready Community. BMKG has launched the Tsunami Ready Field School to support the Tsunami Ready program in Indonesia. ground is a national priority program to create a society ready to face the earthquake and the tsunami,” said BMKG chief, Dwikorita Karnawati, in a statement on Saturday May 28.

BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Mitigation Coordinator Daryono said Tsunami Ready is a program to increase the capacity of communities to cope with the threat of a tsunami based on 12 defined indicators. by UNESCO-IOC.

The preparation of the Tanjung Benoa community as a tsunami-ready community is appropriate, given that almost the entire area is surrounded by oceans and faces the southern megathrust area of ​​Bali as the source of the earthquake with potential tsunami and a maximum magnitude of 8.5.

“In 2022, the BMKG proposed seven communities, including Tanjung Benoa, to obtain UNESCO Tsunami Ready Community recognition. Six other communities, namely Panggarangan-Lebak, Pangandaran, Glagah-Kulon Progo, Kemadang-Gunung Kidul, Tambakrejo -Malang, and Kuta -Mandalika Lombok, are in the process of international recognition,” said Suci, the BMKG Tsunami Ready facilitator.

Thanks to BMKG’s assistance, Tanjung Benoa already has a tsunami risk map, so that people understand the tsunami risk areas in their area. Seven hotels in the area, namely Peninsula Bay Resort, Benoa Sea Suites Villas, Grand Mirage Resort, Ion Bali Benoa, Rasa Sayang, Novotel and Sakala Resort, have prepared vertical tsunami evacuation sites which can be used not only by customers but also by the surrounding community.

Tanjung Benoa has also involved schools to train students to carry out regular earthquake and tsunami simulations in the preparation of preparedness indicators. in collaboration with BMKG, BPBD Bali Province and Badung Regency, and the international organization UNDP, warning signs and tsunami evacuation maps have been installed.

Erwin Prima

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