Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) encourages ministries, institutions, and universities as well as disaster practitioners and other stakeholders to strengthen knowledge management of natural disasters in Indonesia.

"I hope that this knowledge management may be strengthened and synergized. Differences in opinions and analyses are inevitable. Differences are valuable, yet how may differences complement each other from a broader perspective of understanding," Head of BMKG Dwikorita Karnawati noted in a statement in Jakarta on Friday.

During the webinar, titled "Kupas Tuntas Gempa Sumedang M4,8 on 31 December 2023,” held on Thursday (Jan 11), she stated that strong knowledge management will further minimize the impact of losses and accelerate the realization of zero victims.

Karnawati believes that Indonesian knowledge management is currently quite strong, as the arena or terrain faced is quite complex and extensive.

"I am sure that the BRIN, Geological Agency, ITB, UI, ITS, UGM, and BMKG have a lot of knowledge, (and) if this is synergized together, we can see a disaster event in a multi-angle that can strengthen and complement each other," she stated.

Karnawati remarked that the Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami Consortium (KGTI) was founded in 2022 to increase knowledge management.

This consortium contains experts and researchers of earthquakes and tsunamis from various relevant ministries and institutions, universities, and disaster practitioners.

The presence of KGTI aims to increase the independence of the nation to strengthen the operation of the Tsunami Early Warning System.

KGTI is divided into three working groups, namely, the earthquake work group, the tsunami work group, and the work group for evaluation along with development and strengthening of monitoring, analysis, and dissemination systems for earthquakes and tsunamis.

"The involvement of experts and researchers from various institutions and universities will certainly further strengthen the BMKG, especially related to the study and analysis produced," she remarked.

Karnawati is upbeat that the various knowledge produced by institutions as well as researchers and academics would be followed up by the government, especially for improving planning and strengthening community disaster literacy and mitigation actions.

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