The voice of youth, especially marginalised young women, need to be heard. Their voice also needs to be amplified for meaningful participation in national disaster risk management systems and policies.
Plan Indonesia’s Urban Nexus programme team recently participated in the Community-Based Disaster Risk Management National Conference (KNPRBBK). The conference lasted from August 10th until September 24th, 2021. The event was held virtually and attended by more than 8,000 people from various regions in Indonesia.
The Plan Indonesia team, particularly from the Urban Nexus programme, joined the committee and participated in six webinar sessions at the conference. The Urban Nexus programme team also shared information about SiBaja (disaster risk information) application and locally-developed flood early warning tools.
Joko was a 22-year-old Urban Nexus participant from the Klender sub-district who joined in the presentation alongside experts from various areas. He spoke alongside resources from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, the Centre for Volcanology and Disaster Mitigation, and the National Disaster Management Agency.
“I was thrilled with this opportunity. There were many speakers at the national level, and I was the only youth representative. Hopefully, there will be a lot of support so that this flood detection tool will be more useful,” Joko shared.
Joko shared his experience, mainly developing the locally-produced flood early warning tools components and its standard operating procedure. He also shared that his team had tested the device during a flood in his village. People from the flood-prone Klender subdistrict can now evacuate as soon as they hear the warning sound from the early warning system.
The conference participants received Joko’s presentation well. Some audiences hoped this tool could be replicated in flood-prone areas, helping more people build resilience against ongoing climate change.
Since 2019, the Urban Nexus team from Plan Indonesia has been consistently improving youth’s resilience and disaster risk management. Particularly as the issue of climate change caused by human actions has continued to threaten lives. Plan Indonesia encourages the youth, particularly girls and young women from marginalised families, to become the leaders in mitigating climate change risk.