Natural Hazards

, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 779–803 | Cite as

Building resilience to natural hazards in Indonesia: progress and challenges in implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action

  • Riyanti Djalante
  • Frank Thomalla
  • Muhammad Sabaruddin Sinapoy
  • Michelle Carnegie
Original Paper


Over the last 50 years, the cost of natural disasters has increased globally and in Indonesia (EM-DAT 2012). We therefore need more systematic efforts in trying to reduce disaster risks. In 2005, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction created the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005–2015: ‘Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities’, in order to enable a more systematic planning, implementation and evaluation of disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities. In this paper, we examine Indonesia’s success in improving DRR by reviewing the country’s progress in implementing the HFA Priorities for Actions. This includes an analysis of the drivers, challenges and emerging issues in building resilience to natural hazards. The study is undertaken through literature reviews and interviews with 26 representatives of key organisations in DRR and climate change adaptation (CCA) in Indonesia. Our findings indicate that the building disaster resilience in Indonesia has been, to a large extent, driven by the existence of the necessary regulatory policies and frameworks and the participation of various non-government stakeholders. Impediments to process include a lack of capacity and capability for DRR at the local government level, a lack of systematic learning and a lack of commitment from government to mainstream DRR into broader development agendas. Emerging pressing issues that are likely to challenge future resilience building activities include the integration of DRR and CCA and urban risk governance.


Disaster risk reduction Resilience Hyogo Framework for Action Indonesia Progress Challenges 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riyanti Djalante
    • 1
  • Frank Thomalla
    • 1
  • Muhammad Sabaruddin Sinapoy
    • 2
  • Michelle Carnegie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environment and GeographyMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of LawHaluoleo UniversityKendariIndonesia

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