Tsunami Waste Management Deliver Self-Reliance

Earthquake survival kit –┬áHave you ever imagine there are ten million cubic meters of waste on the home page? Or piles of trash consisting of various types of goods inhabit the fields where your family’s daily food hang?

This condition is experienced by residents of Aceh after the earthquake and tsunami that struck in 2004. About 73 thousand hectares of farmland were damaged, 26 thousand of which contains garbage.

This makes the coming of garbage Agency of the United Nations (UN) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organized a post-tsunami program garbage refineries. Given the name Tsunami Recovery Waste Management Program (TRWMP), the program was established in 2005 with the goal of cleaning debris, waste management systems, and creating jobs.

“Tsunami produce ten million cubic meters of waste, 60 to 70 percent is rubbish that can be recycled. Can be used for roads, courts, housing,” said Communication Specialist UNDP Aceh and Nias Lesley Wright when met in Jakarta in the “International Conference. Lessons from Indonesia’s Experiences In Disaster Reconstruction and Preparedness.

TRWMP garbage refineries successfully cleared more than one million cubic meters of tsunami waste. Including the use of recyclable waste for the rehabilitation of 100 kilometers of roads and 12,000 units of wood furniture manufacturing.

Most importantly, is the provision of jobs for local residents. Waste management is claimed to be a source of livelihood for the 400 thousand people. In addition, TRWMP also conduct training for 1,300 government workers and socializing recycling bins for 36 thousand schoolchildren.

disaster, earthquake, tsunami, Indonesia, Aceh, mitigationTRWMP is part of the Multi Donor Fund (MDF), which will complete its tenure on December 31, 2012. However, Wright added, there are still many things to do in Aceh. “Today we enter the phase of development, a lot of things that require cooperation capacity of communities and local government,” explained Wright.

It said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, aid from donor countries make Indonesia so much quicker doing development in areas affected by the disaster. When the earthquake and tsunami hit Aceh, there is a helping hand from 47 countries and 264 national and local organizations.

“The experience and learning Aceh after the earthquake disaster has prompted a paradigm shift. From the initial emergency response, reconstruction and rehabilitation, is now coupled to disaster risk reduction,” said the President.

The earthquake and tsunami hit Aceh on December 26, 2004 magnitude 9.1 earthquake M. In addition to befall the earth Veranda of Mecca, the tsunami also destroyed Sri Lanka, Thailand, Somalia, Myanmar, the Maldives, and some other countries who come into contact with the Indian Ocean. The amount of the magnitude of this disaster makes it into the history of one of the deadliest disasters in the world.

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