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31 Aug 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

JAKARTA, 28 August 2015 – Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) has told business leaders that the private sector is vital to efforts to reduce the country’s disaster risk.

The BNPB’s Deputy Chief for Prevention and Mitigation, Mr. Bapak Wisnu Widjaja, extended the hand of partnership to a gathering of more than 30 executives.

28 Aug 2015 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

UNHCR is calling for urgent action before the end of the monsoon season unleashes a new wave of people leaving on boats from the Bay of Bengal.

28 Aug 2015 description

Bangkok ‒ The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge 2015 is now open for applications to encourage Impact Enterprises (IEs) to show how they are building peace through market-based solutions for development challenges. Six IEs will win the Challenge and get a chance to showcase their work at a special UNDP-hosted event in New York.

26 Aug 2015 description

A landslide triggered by heavy rain has buried eight people in Papua.

The landslide happened in Apalapsili, in the regency of Yalimo on Sunday night.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

25 Aug 2015 description

Jakarta, Indonesia | Tuesday 8/25/2015 - 06:52 GMT

Eight people are missing and feared dead after a major landslide hit a road in remote eastern Indonesia, an official said Tuesday.

Heavy downpours in an isolated mountainous region of Papua province triggered the landslide Sunday, burying six construction workers and two bystanders under rock and rubble.

Papua police spokesman Patridge Renwarin said news of the incident did not reach local authorities until Monday, when a rescue team was quickly assembled.

25 Aug 2015 description

A landslide triggered by heavy rain has buried eight people in Papua.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

25 Aug 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

People displaced from Myanmar and Bangladesh are receiving lifesaving food aid in Islamic Relief’s latest project in Indonesia.

20 Aug 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Djemi Amnifu and Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post, Kupang/Palu | Archipelago | Tue, August 18 2015, 8:44 AM

The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provincial administration claimed to have anticipated the drought by making various mitigation efforts while several areas in Central Sulawesi and South Sumatra are still suffering from the prolonged dry season.

20 Aug 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Dry conditions affect 2015 secondary season crops in several parts of the country

  • Overall prospects for 2015 aggregate rice production remain favourable

  • Concern about negative impact of dry weather on food security of vulnerable rural populations

  • Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2015/16 marketing year (April/March)

  • Rice prices stable in July but at high levels

19 Aug 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Ni Komang Erviani and Rizal Harahap, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar/Pekanbaru | Archipelago | Wed, August 19 2015, 8:23 AM

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has warned Bali that a severe drought could become widespread on the island, including in some tourist spots, within months.

“Several areas are experiencing drought in many areas in Bali. It could worsen,” BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told journalist in Kuta on Tuesday.

13 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Gen. Nurmantyo Should Hold Violators to Account; Abolish ‘Virginity Tests’

(New York, August 14, 2015) – The Indonesian military should take all necessary and appropriate action to prevent abuses by its personnel and hold human rights violators accountable, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the new Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) chief of staff, Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo. President Joko Widodo named Nurmantyo, the former army chief, to the position on July 8, 2015.

13 Aug 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Ganug Nugroho Adi and Suherdjoko, The Jakarta Post, Wonogiri/Semarang | Archipelago | Sat, August 08 2015, 11:11 AM

Tens of thousands of residents in Java have been depending on clean water being supplied by local authorities over the past several weeks, as a severe water crisis triggered by this year’s prolonged dry season has begun to spread on the country’s most populated island.

11 Aug 2015 description

IDMC estimates that as of July 2015 at least 31,400 people are internally displaced as a result of conflict and violence in Indonesia. Nearly all are protracted internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have been living in displacement for more than 15 years. The majority are living in the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and in Maluku. Others live in North Sulawesi, North Sumatra, East Java and West Nusa Tenggara. Historically, Indonesia has been considered one of the most conflict-prone countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

06 Aug 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Syamsul Huda M. Suhari, Ganug Nugroho Adi and Suherdjoko, The Jakarta Post, Gorontalo/Surakarta/Semarang | Archipelago

Despite the worsening impacts of this year’s prolonged dry season, a lack of coordination among local officials has slowed the government’s efforts to provide assistance for farmers and residents in the country’s worst-hit regions.

05 Aug 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

The National Police have evacuated 45 Myanmar nationals who were allegedly victims in a slavery and human trafficking case in the waters of Ambon, Maluku.

The police have connected the findings to a previous slavery and human trafficking case in Benjina, Maluku.

“The case is similar to the Benjina [case]. They were reported missing by the Myanmar embassy,” the head of the National Police’s human trafficking unit, Adj. Sr. Comr. Arie Dharmanto, said, as quoted by tempo.co on Wednesday.

05 Aug 2015 description

CONTENTS

This edition's PERSPECTIVE provides a detailed overview the Tolikara incident in which security force fired on a demonstration by Christian Papuans killed one and injured 11 others. The demonstrators then attacked a Muslim community, burning kiosks and a mosque. Years of government "transmigration" policies and neglect of Papuans have left West Papua a powder keg. Despite this, the local Tolikara community has come together to resolve tensions.

03 Aug 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

The Agriculture Ministry says it has specially allocated Rp 880 billion (US$65.12 million) to anticipate the impacts of drought on the agriculture sector.

Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman said in Jakarta on Monday that the ministry had readied Rp 2 trillion to repair tertiary irrigation systems nationwide.

03 Aug 2015 description

By Paul Dillon

A year-long media investigation into the brutal treatment of men trafficked into virtual slavery aboard foreign fishing vessels operating in Indonesia generated stark international headlines:

31 Jul 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called for aggressive development in water pumping systems to anticipate the effects of the El Niño phenomenon, which has already caused water deficiencies in several areas of Indonesia.

The government’s short-term plan to anticipate ongoing drought is to distribute more water pumps to farming groups in areas with severe water shortages.

30 Jul 2015 description

The Indonesian Red Cross Society says water is an urgent need for remote communities in the Papua region still suffering from a severe cold snap.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.