Special Session on
Increasing Coastal Cities Resilience Towards Impacts of Natural Hazards
as part of
Aceh International Workshop and Expo on Sustainable Tsunami Disaster
Recovery 2018
(The 11th AIWEST-DR)


In recent years, the world faces more intense pressures due to impacts of coastal hazards such as tsunami and typhoon coupled with impacts of climate change induced sea level rise. More serious challenges are emerging at coastal cities in developing countries. On the other hand, at the institutional level, issues of disaster risk reduction are often not well integrated with climate change adaptation policies. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred in Aceh triggered a number of changes in disaster management in Indonesia and in the world. With the latest Sendai Frameworks for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), disaster risk reduction should be aligned with sustainable development programs. Typhoon Haiyan that occurred in the Philippines is another example how coastal cities could become very vulnerable when it comes to extreme events.

Sharing lessons learned among countries in the region would help us to understand better the challenges of mitigating the two processes simultaneously. Therefore, a forum to exchange lessons learned, best practices, and ideas could be one way of addressing this goal. The special session will be part of the 11th Aceh International Workshop and Expo on Sustainable Tsunami Disaster-Recovery (AIWEST-DR 2018) (click here for more information: http://aiwest-dr.unsyiah.ac.id).

Since 2016, the Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) of Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh has been working to see opportunities to include climate change induced sea level rise in Indonesia into city level development planning. The research is part of Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Cycle 5 (#5-395), sponsored by USAID and implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences. The study has been conducted in Banda Aceh, Mataram, and Ambon. However, the research is yet to cover other areas associated with mitigating impacts of natural hazards.

Key questions

There are key questions to be addressed in the session, i.e.:

  1. What have been learned from previous natural hazards in coastal cities in developing countries, and how have the lessons learned changed disaster management policies?
  2. Are there any best practices from other disaster-climate change affected areas that can be shared?
  3. What are the key factors for successfully increasing coastal cities’ resilience to natural hazards, from the perspectives of community preparedness and government policies?



The objectives of the special sessions are as follows:

  1. Exchanging information related to recent status of coastal cities’ resilience in post affected disaster region;
  2. Gathering ideas and effective strategies to increase coastal cities’ resilience to natural hazards;
  3. Identifying ways and methods to integrate climate change adaptation efforts into disaster risk reduction policies.


Resource Persons and Participants

Resource persons for this session will be:

  1. Emanuel M Luna, University of Philippines in Diliman;
  2. Assistant Professor Elizabeth Maly, IRIDeS of Tohoku University;
  3. Md. Shamsuzzoha, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh;
  4. Syamsidik, TDMRC of Syiah Kuala University;
  5. Ella Meilianda, TDMRC of Syiah Kuala University;
  6. Rina Suryani Oktari, M.Si, TDMRC of Syiah Kuala University.


  1. Eko Pradjoko, Mataram University;
  2. Putra Dwitama, Indonesia National Secretariat for Actions Plan for Climate Change Adaptation (RAN-API);
  3. Lalu Bramantio Ganeru, ST., MT, Mataram Development and Planning Agency.

Participants of this special session are expected from:

  1. USAID, from Jakarta office*;
  2. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine of the United States (NASEM)*
  3. Banda Aceh Development and Planning Agency;
  4. Aceh Provincial Development and Planning Agency;
  5. Department of Marine and Fishery of Aceh;
  6. Department of Marine and Fishery of Banda Aceh;
  7. Researchers from Syiah Kuala University;
  8. Participants of AIWEST-DR 2018;
  9. Master students from Disaster Science Master Program of Syiah Kuala University;


Note Takers:

  1. Giordano Margaglio, a master student from Lund University;
  2. Tursina, a Ph.D. student from Syiah Kuala University.


Venue and Schedule

The special session will be conducted on the second day of AIWEST-DR, on October 11, 2018, at the Hermes Palace Hotel in Banda Aceh. The agenda of the activities can be seen in the following table.

Time Agenda Presenter/PIC
08.30 – 09.20 Opening remarks:

  • Head of TDMRC
  • Representative from USAID from Jakarta office
Musa Al’ala, MT / Tursina, MT
09.20 – 09.30 Introduction to the Special Session Dr. Syamsidik
09.30 – 10.30 Presentation from Typhoon Haiyan Case:

  1. Prof. Emanuel M. Luna (UP Diliman): Convergence And Dissonance In Disaster Recovery: Strategies And Challenges In A City Devastated By Typhoon Haiyan
  2. Prof. Elizabeth Maly (IRIDeS, Tohoku University): Challenges of post-disaster relocation in coastal communities: the case of Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda.
Moderator: Dr. Alfi Rahman
10.00 – 10.15 Tea Break
10.15 – 10.45 Presentation from PEER TDMRC Group on recent assessment of Coastal Cities Resilience in Indonesia

  1. Dr. Ella Meilianda: Projection of tsunami affected coastal terrestrial towards accelerating sea level rise.
  2. Rina Suryani Oktari, M.Si: How prepared are the coastal community toward impacts of climate change and coastal hazards? A case study of Banda Aceh and Mataram city, indonesia
Moderator:  Dr. Eko Pradjoko


10.45 – 11.30 Presentation from Prof. Md. Shamsuzzoha, PSTU-Bangladesh: Strengthening  Economic  Security  Through Social  Capital:  A Conceptual  Framework For  Building  Coastal  Resilience  To Cyclone Risk In Bangladesh Moderator:  Musa Al’ala, MT
11.30 – 12.30

Panel Discussions    (all presenters) Moderated   by        Dr.       Syamsidik

12.30 – 12.45 Conclusion   Remarks
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch


Contact Person

For this special session, contact person or person in charge is Dr. Syamsidik from TDMRC of Syiah Kuala University. He can be reached at this email: Syamsidik(at)tdmrc.org.

Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC)

Syiah Kuala University

Jl. Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Hasan, Gampong Pie

Banda Aceh 23233


Website: http://tdmrc.unsyiah.ac.id