On May 28, 2022, Tanjung Benoa district in Bali received its UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready recognition, becoming the first Tsunami Ready community in Indonesia. Guests from the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) witnessed a school evacuation drill at SMP 3 Kuta Selatan, supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), prior to the graduation ceremony inauguration.
The implementation of Tsunami Ready in Tanjung Benoa involved the collaboration of various stakeholders among BMKG, Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Bali Province and Badung District, schools and hotels who prepared vertical tsunami evacuation sites ready for use by customers and residents.
The official certificate of recognition was presented jointly by Mr. Mohamed Djelid and Professor Dwikorita Karnawati, President of UNESCO-IOC and Director of BMKG. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Governor of Bali and the UNDP Regional Senior Advisor in Bangkok.
In his inaugural address, Director Djelid noted that UNESCO-IOC recognition was granted based on the success of the community of Tanjung Benoa in meeting the standards of 12 Tsunami Ready Indicators to assess and mitigate the risk of tsunamis. , as well as to deal with it.
The UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready recognition program aims to build resilient communities through awareness and preparedness strategies, to protect lives, livelihoods and property from tsunamis. Its implementation contributes to the achievement of the societal outcome “A safe ocean” of the Oceans Decade.
Recognition as a Tsunami Ready community increases the community’s motivation to succeed in Tsunami preparedness. It also comes with the responsibility to submit an annual report on the progress and activities required for each indicator.
Progress was seen only a month after the tsunami preparedness verification visit by the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre. 40 new tsunami signs have been added by the community.
As the first recognized Tsunami Ready community, the Vice Governor of Bali expects Kelurahan Tanjung Benoa to set a good example for other tsunami-prone communities in Indonesia.
UNESCO-IOC also launched Tsunami Ready communication tools, a Tsunami Ready board game and 14 Tsunami Ready community animation videos that were experienced by GPDRR guests. For more information, click here