Cultural Heritage Preservation in Facing the Flood Threat in Jakarta

26 Nov, 2021

According to the Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS) and The ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINET), there is no data about cultural heritage in danger in specific areas of Indonesia. The findings of the DMRS and ADINET were revealed by Dr. Jeanne Francoise, lecturer of the International Relations Study Program, President University (PresUniv), at the 16th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium 2021, Wednesday (24/11), which was held by Disaster Risk Reduction Center, University of Indonesia, in collaboration with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

At this symposium, Jeanne presented an academic paper entitled Cultural Heritage Preservation in Facing the Flood Threat in Jakarta, written with Mrs. Yuniarti Wahyuningtyas, S.Sos. M.Si.Han, cultural heritage & disaster management researcher from U-Inspire Indonesia. According to Jeanne, some of Indonesia's defense heritage, such as sites, buildings, and museums in North Jakarta, must be preserved immediately. "because North Jakarta is the most affected area each time Jakarta floods," she said.

In this symposium, Jeanne conveyed several recommendations. First, strengthening inter-sectoral collaboration between stakeholders and capacity building in disaster risk reduction and heritage. Second, the government should conduct more research on cultural heritage and disaster management, including building protection for cultural heritage, especially in flood-prone areas in Jakarta. Then, recalculation of cultural heritage at the national and local levels. Lastly, start digitizing cultural heritage for utmost prone areas. (Gilang Suryanata, PR team. Photo: Jeanne Francoise)