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03 Mar 2015 description

3 March, Jakarta - The Indonesian and Dutch government today launch a comprehensive five-year multi million public-private partnership initiative for enhancing coastal safety at the North Coast of Java. It aims to build stable coastlines with reduced erosion risk through a unique integration of mangrove restoration, small scale hard-engineering and sustainable land use.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kanya D'Almeida

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 3 2015 (IPS) - Nearly half of the four billion people who reside in the Asia-Pacific region are women. They comprise two-thirds of the region’s poor, with millions either confined to their homes or pushed into the informal labour market where they work without any safeguards for paltry daily wages. Millions more become victims of trafficking and are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery.

02 Mar 2015 description

INDONESIA

Whirlwinds in East Java, East and West Nusa Tenggara and Yogyakarta provinces have caused considerable damage to houses and three casualties - one in Lumajang (East Java), one in Sumba (East Nusa Tenggara) and one in Yogyakarta. Over 115 houses in East Java, 85 houses in West Nusa Tenggara and three houses in Yogyakarta were damaged. Local authorities removed debris and provided construction material for home repairs. The Indonesian Red Cross provided relief items to affected families in East Java.1

3 people killed

27 Feb 2015 description

By Jonatan A. Lassa and Adhi Priamarizki

Synopsis

The Jokowi cabinet is planning to involve the country’s military in agriculture and food security affairs in order to achieve food sovereignty and 100 percent rice self-sufficiency. What would be the implications for the country’s long term food security?

Commentary

24 Feb 2015 description
report UN University

World Must Achieve International Water Goals to Preempt Looming Conflicts Born of Desperation: UN Report

Expect water supply of 2.9 billion people in 48 countries to fall short of needs in as little as 10 years

Corruption, siphoning 30% of water sector funding, must end for world development and security

Hold agriculture, energy sectors more accountable for water inefficiencies

23 Feb 2015 description

Flood

  • Flood in Jombang and Madiun, East Java Province, has caused 1 death and affected about 2,500 people.

  • In Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan Province, flood submerged thousands of houses and affected more than 11,800 people.

  • More than 6,500 people were evacuated due to the flood in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara Province.
    Flood submerged 600 houses and affected about 2,400 people in Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi Province.

Wind

20 Feb 2015 description

Rainy season in Indonesia is generally between mid November to March. According to BNPB there are 75 districts/municipalities are affected by flooding in 2015. Aceh province was firstly affected on the early days of January. Landslide continues to be the deadliest disaster while whirlwind caused the most destructions. Central Java, West Java and East Java are the most frequently hit by disasters.

19 Feb 2015 description
report Food for the Hungry

Food for the Hungry (FH) started working in Indonesia after the December 2004 tsunami that killed 283,000 people. We help people in devastated communities to rebuild their lives and their homes. In 2011, we began long-term development work in agriculture, education and income generation. Here are some of the areas in which we’ve been engaged:

19 Feb 2015 description

Mediation Can Prevent, Resolve Natural Resources Disputes New UN Guide Launched

Drawing on decades of experience in the field of mediation of natural resource conflicts, the Guide provides best practices and strategies for mediating different types of resource conflicts.

18 Feb 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

The regency of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara province has suffered Rp 77 billion (US$6.03 million) in losses due to floods and landslides from December 2014 to the end of January 2015.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Kupang regency branch head Charles Panie said a number of bridges, roads and drains across the regency had been damaged for the past two months.

A bridge in Amfoang subdistrict, which connects Indonesia and East Timor, and other bridges in Kupang were heavily damaged, Charles added.

16 Feb 2015 description

INDONESIA

On 9 - 12 Feb heavy rainfall fell on the island of Java, including the capital Jakarta. Local authorities have reported four casualties and temporary displacement of almost 7,100 people. All IDPs returned to their homes by 13 Feb. Government agencies, Indonesia Red Cross, NGOs, military and police provided search and rescue support and relief to the displaced.

4 people killed

7,100 people evacuated

PHILIPPINES

16 Feb 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has said it will install 20 landslide early warning system (EWS) units in regions across Java Island.

“The President [Joko “Jokowi” Widodo] has instructed the installation of a device that can detect the possible development of landslides during this year’s rainy season, which will last until March on Java Island and until June in Ambon, Kalimantan and Sulawesi,” BNPB chairman Syamsul Ma’arif said as quoted by the Antara news agency on Sunday.

13 Feb 2015 description

Greece
• Snow, rainfall, strong winds, and low temperatures affected Greece over the past three days, causing river overflow and landslides. Infrastructure, including ports, roads and railroads, as well as the electricity supply, were affected throughout the country, according to media. The weather conditions are expected to ameliorate starting 12 February and the ports have reportedly opened again.

13 Feb 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Dewanti A. Wardhani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jakarta | Fri, February 13 2015, 8:37 AM

The Jakarta Police and the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) have reported six casualties from the recent flooding in Jakarta and Bekasi, West Java.

12 Feb 2015 description

This is the 130th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN). Back issues are posted online at http://www.etan.org/issues/wpapua/default.htm Questions regarding this report can be addressed to Edmund McWilliams at edmcw@msn.com.

12 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

523,592 Refugees and asylumseekers
2,361 Identified unaccompanied minors
1,393,736 Stateless persons
20,000 Estimated irregular maritime departures in 2014

Population of concern

A total of 2.7 million people of concern including 1.4 million stateless and over 700,000 internally displaced.

12 Feb 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Dewanti A. Wardhani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Thu, February 12 2015, 6:50 AM

The Jakarta administration will use water pumps at full capacity in response to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency’s (BMKG) forecast of heavy rainfall in the coming days.

Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said many of the city’s water pumps had failed to turn on, causing floodwater to inundate many of the city’s neighborhoods over the past few days.