"They are experts or academicians as part of the disaster mitigation penta-helix in Indonesia," Kurniawan said at a virtual discussion on the role of experts in building resilience against disasters, here on Saturday. He was the key speaker at the discussion.
Penta-helix by BNPB is a part of the mutual cooperation of many parties for mitigating disasters, he added.
Intellectuals, as part of the penta-helix, can greatly contribute to disaster mitigation, he observed. He cited the example of how scientists and researchers play a role in contributing and working to reduce disaster risk.
According to him, the academicians' part in disaster mitigation is crucial, considering that Indonesia has been experiencing several disaster events that have made its people more responsive and tough in facing potential disasters.
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Meanwhile, Syamsul Maarif who headed the BNPB from 2008-2015, emphasized that Indonesia is not a mere "disaster supermarket", meaning Indonesia is a country where a lot of disasters happen.
"We have to start with a new paradigm, which is Indonesia as a disaster laboratory," he remarked.
Therefore, the role of academicians and experts will be to encourage common toughness, he said. Maarif further said that when he headed the BNPB, he always stressed the role of universities in tackling disasters.
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He said he had pushed the use of scientific concepts and indigenous technological innovation for alleviating disasters, especially disaster risk reduction.
Earlier, the BNPB had highlighted that research and innovation are essential to accelerate disaster risk reduction in Indonesia.
Science and technology are a part of the solutions for disaster mitigation, in accordance with Law No. 24 of 2007, Kurniawan said.
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