Jakarta (ANTARA) - The decade anniversary of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in October this year highlights the nation's resilience against disasters, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

"This DRR commemoration serves as a reminder of the progress and achievements made in maintaining resilience against disasters and reducing their impact in Indonesia," said Prasinta Dewi, BNPB's Deputy for Disaster Prevention, during the kick-off event for the DRR Month on Tuesday.

The DRR Month has been commemorated since 2013 and has evolved into a national agenda over time, she added.

This year, the DRR Month Summit will be held in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, from October 10 to 15.

Dewi said that BNPB hopes that the tangible penta-helix collaboration, involving the government, the community, the business world, the media, and academics would continue.

She emphasized that penta-helix collaboration is essential for creating sustainable resilience.

"Disaster mitigation efforts in Indonesia have made significant progress in building resilience through disaster risk reduction," she added.

The achievements in DRR need to be monitored and evaluated to prevent the emergence of new risks, she said.

"Investment in DRR needs to be carried out in a focused, inclusive, and sustainable manner so that the community can directly benefit," she added.

The DRR Summit in Kendari will be themed "Strengthening Regional Independence Toward Sustainable Resilience".

The DRR Month commemoration aims to strengthen the understanding of the government, business institutions, and the community on DRR activities as an investment for building resilience against disasters, Dewi said.

"In general, this commemoration aims to build mutual awareness, facilitate dialogue, and develop a network among DRR actors, and be used as a learning platform for DRR actors throughout Indonesia," she added.

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