Launch Event: “Disaster Recovery Toolkit”

Jakarta, 10 February- The Disaster Recovery Toolkit developed by the Tsunami Global Lessons Learned Project-TGLLP, was launched today in Jakarta by Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Chair of the TGLLP-Steering Committee; Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Chair of United Nations Development Group; H.E. Mr. Sudirman Said, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources; Mr. Satya Tripathi, Head of United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination In Indonesia-UNORCID and Secretary of the TGLLP Steering Committee; and Mr. Shane Wright, Executive Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre.

The TGLLP-Steering Committee, in partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre produced the Toolkit which aims to provide a ‘how to’ guide on development, implementing and managing complex post-disaster recovery programmes.

In her keynote speech, Ms. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UNDG stated “Ten years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami struck the coast of Aceh and Nias, the area has not only recovered, but also seen a transformation. The experiences there show how incorporating the principles of sustainability into post-disaster recovery planning can improve the welfare of communities for the medium and long term.”

H.E. Mr. Sudirman Said, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources said “We are here to share our common lessons in the form of this toolkit and offer the world community some insights into the work we have been doing for the past 10 years. We need to internalise these lessons into our practices and better prepare the practitioners to manage (disaster) response. I hope our legacy helps those who follow in our footsteps. Even the smallest changes identified offer opportunities.”

Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Chair, TGLLP-Steering Committee, stated “Just over ten years ago, the Indian Ocean Tsunami smashed into the coast of Indonesia before going on to wreak havoc in so many other countries. In each of the five most tsunami-affected countries the progress made is impressive by almost any measure. Each country has, in its own way, delivered upon its promise to rebuild and recover. The TGLLP project sought to focus less on individual and collective achievements as on the lessons that have flowed from their respective paths to recovery.

Mr. Satya Tripathi, Secretary of the TGLLP-Steering Committee, stated “We cannot do anything to make up for the lives lost, and those who suffered and continue to do so from the utter catastrophe wrought by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. But through gathering the experiences of all of those involved we can build a tapestry of experiences, of sign posts that could guide us in even the most without-precedent of disasters. This is what the TGLLP aimed to achieve.”

Mr. Shane Wright, Executive Director of ADPC, said “The toolkit developed under the TGLLP addresses a full range of post-disaster recovery issues, from institutional arrangements to finance mobilization, communication to monitoring and evaluation. Looking beyond recovery to long-term sustainable development, the toolkit also addressed ‘build back better’ considerations in key areas: Land-Use Planning, Housing, Critical Facilities, and Livelihoods.”

Statements of support followed with H.E. Ms. Anoja Wijeyesekera, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Paskorn Siriyaphan, Ambassador of Thailand to Indonesia, Mr. Giorgio Ferraris, Head of Delegation, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Ms. Anthea Webb, Country Director, World Food Programme, and Mr. Said Faisal, Executive Director, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre).

The TGLLP project’s previous products were the global lessons learned studyThe Tsunami Legacy: Innovation, Breakthroughs and Change, and theDiscovery Channel documentary Anatomy of Recovery – Tsunami 2004, in 2009.

The launch of the Disaster Recovery Toolkit precedes the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in Sendai City, Japanin March 2015.

For further information, please contact:
Brittany Benson, Coordination Officer, Brittany.benson@unorcid.org, +62 822 9135 1507