Indonesia: Making Dams More Resilient


Indonesia has approximately 232 dams Most of the dams were built during the Dutch colonization Some of them are more than 100 years old Therefore, dam safety is an important aspect in building dam resillience On March 27, 2009, Situ Gintung Dam failed One million cubic of water surged uncontrollably, causing flash flood In July 2012, Way Ela Natural Dam was formed naturally by earthquakes and landslides blocking the Way Ela river Landslides would occur if the dam is demolished, and around 5,000 people in the Negeri Lima Village, 2.5 km downstream from the dam, were at risk Our disaster preparedness culture is still low There is one critical thing in terms of dam safety is to engage the community The people can act as “human sensor” Physical rehabilitation by DOISP is spearheading the effort to restore the functions of the reservoirs One of them is Greneng Dam in Tunjungan Village, Blora, Central Java DOISP is restoring the function of operation and maintenance Not only the hard components, but also the soft components, which are more important Greneng Dam has been very beneficial for the surrounding community it functions as an irrigation system, as a water reservoir to mitigate the dry season Let’s maintain our dams, not only to avoid disasters, but also to get more benefits Optimization program at other dams in Indonesia is expected to yield concrete contribution in the form of economic impact and improvement of the public living quality

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